Helping dementia sufferers

Caroline Twist has been helping dementia sufferers in Sheffield for some time and is about to develop her important work.

Twist won a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust scholarship and will travel to destinations across Europe and Brazil over coming months. The idea is to see how others use reminiscence and storytelling to help people living with dementia.

With plenty of solid experience through working with elderly residents and dementia sufferers in nursing care homes in Sheffield, Caroline Twist is about to take her passion further.

Sheffieldist attended a great exhibition of her work earlier this week at the city’s Eten Cafe and filmed an exclusive interview. Watch the video to find out more!

SHEFFEX 2015 report

SHEFFEX 2015 was a business event held at Ponds Forge in Sheffield earlier today.

The day was one of networking and conferencing. Sheffieldist attended and produced an audio podcast containing interviews with a couple of major players in the city’s business scene.

How healthy is the state of Sheffield’s business economy? Lots of service companies attended but manufacturers were thin on the ground. Nonetheless, there was still a positive vibe amongst attendees.

Listen to the SHEFFEX 2015 report and find out more!

Whit Friday successes

Two Sheffield brass bands enjoyed success at yesterday’s Whit Friday Marches competition across at Saddleworth.

Whit FridayBoth of them competing at Fourth Section level, Deepcar Brass and Oughtibridge Brass Band picked up some very handy prize money. Bands play a march tune and are judged for their musicality and technical expertise – and there are some famous names competing there, such as Black Dyke and Fairey, amongst several dozen participating outfits.

The Saddleworth Whit Friday event comprises contests staged at 11 small villages dotted around the area. Competition is fierce and there’s a lot of whizzing around country roads in coaches as bands repeatedly vie for a place to play.

Deepcar Brass picked up first prize in their section at the village of Denshaw and were placed second at Scouthearts & Austerland. Oughtibridge Brass Band pushed Deepcar all the way at Denshaw to end up with second prize.

Full information about all the Whit Friday results is available on the excellent 4 Bars Rest website. And watch this video to see what it was like for Deepcar Brass last year!

Sheffield Food Festival, May 2015

Sheffield Food Festival 2015Sheffield Food festival started today and is running through this coming Spring Holiday Monday.

Featuring up to 100 artisan food and drink outlets, this great festival is spread over Pinstone Street, Parliament Square, the Peace Gardens and inside the Winter Gardens.

The city has gained a great reputation in recent years for locally made produce that’s available from independent traders and artisan producers. Sheffield Food Festival is an annual event that celebrates this success!

Sheffieldist interviewed stallholders and others involved this morning and the result is the audio podcast below (and now on iTunes!).

Do It Anyway Festival success

Access Space hosted the Do It Anyway Festival last weekend and the event was a runaway success.

The festival is a celebration of grassroots organising of arts and tech projects and is part of the Europe-wide Pixelache network.

Do It Anyway was a first not only for Sheffield but also for the UK. Hey! This city isn’t just about steel and industrial heritage!

A revamped Access Space is organising a timetable of activities and events. You can find more info about what’s on and how to get involved in many exciting projects by visiting their website.

Hillsborough Traders from the past

a5Four years ago this month, I did a series of photographic portraits featuring Hillsborough traders.

The project was for Hillsborough Community Forum, in one of its previous incarnations.

Good to see that the Forum is alive and kicking again in 2015. However, too many of the traders pictured below have ceased trading entirely – some being replaced through the natural cycle of life, and at least one shop still standing empty.

Some had stalls in the indoor market and others were on the main drag.

Do you remember these people? They were all really nice to work with on the project!

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Sheffield Tap

The Sheffield Tap is a great real ale pub situated in the Midland railway station.

There’s an entrance from the outside pavement – or straight in off Platform One. Taps on the bar include craft beers from the US and across Europe, as well as locally made ales.

Sheffield Tap is a great place to meet friends, or just have a quick drink before going home after a hard day’s commuting.

Here’s a mock-up video ad I did a while ago:

Castle Markets

It’s the best part of two years since Castle Markets closed and relocated to The Moor pedestrian precinct.

Many people say the new market has no real atmosphere. However, it’s still a great place for buying fresh produce, often locally sourced, and many other varieties of consumer goods.

Castle Markets is now in mothballs. It’s 1960s decor was utterly splendid and I captured a series of portraits of stallholders in the months before closure:

Land of Milk and Honey

Land of Milk and Honey is the title of a documentary made three years ago by yours truly.

The film follows two independent food producers – Our Cow Molly dairy farm and Sheffield Honey – who both overcame adversity to become highly popular brands across and beyond Sheffield.

Land of Milk and Honey has proven a hit after being featured on several documentary film websites across the internet.

Sheffield Uncut interview

Yours truly interviewed David from Sheffield Uncut last year as part of a PDF book called Activist Collective.

Sheffield Uncut campaigns against austerity being meted out on our society as others prosper like never before.

Allied with the national UK Uncut movement, Sheffield activists visit or occupy the premises of companies and corporations accused of not paying their fair share of taxes to leaflet their customers.

Here is the interview:

How did Sheffield Uncut come into being?

UK Uncut and Sheffield Uncut started as twitter hashtags, which are the internet versions of a banner or signpost. it’s not an organisation as such.

The media and many people who are used to ‘top-down’ organisations, such as charities, NGOs, national/local government and the school system find this hard to get their heads around.

We could have used the hashtag #pissedoffangrypeople and the media would still have called it the ‘pissed off angry people’ movement.

The best way to describe the structure is as ‘flat'; everyone is equal and anybody, anywhere can initiate things on whatever they want and nobody has to ask ‘permission’ to protest or take action.

People who have informed and educated themselves want to share that information with as many others as possible.

For example, they are taking action on issues such as: the way disabled people are being robbed of their income; the millions in one of the world’s wealthiest nations who are just one trip to the food bank away from going without food; the theft of our National Health Service; women who are having their lives ruined by austerity.

Basically, everyone who knows that austerity is reversing any move towards equality that people all over the world have fought for over decades and centuries.

What types of protest?

Civil disobedience by doing what’s called ‘direct action’. That means taking a message directly to people who need to hear it, those we live amongst.

In 2008, after the worst economic crash in generations, it was obvious that the crisis we’re still living through had been caused by the greed, arrogance and apathy of the world’s wealthiest. Yet what unfolded from governments and global media was that it was somehow the fault of we who have had our power continually stripped from us over the years – people like you and me.

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