'Making Sheffield Fairer' January Champions Update
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January Fairness
'Champion Opportunities'

Opportunities, events and stories from organisations championing fairness across the city and further afield, showing how change is happening all around us.

This month includes The Thaliea Project, Be a Pal at the Festival of Debate 2018 and a request for tool donations for the Savvy Bike well as articles on: holding bad landlords to account, Fat Cat Thursday and how children's books reveal inequality!
Do you or someone you know have a great story we should share?
We'd love to hear it...tell us your Champion Fairness Stories here.

Thaliea Project

Boys are diagnosed with ADHD more often than girls, at a ratio of approximately 4:1 in the UK. However ADHD often presents differently in girls, meaning they are all too often misdiagnosed or overlooked.

The Thaleia Project is a wellbeing and empowerment project for girls and young women. The project aims to raise awareness of issues including ADHD and mental health issues and how they affect girls, in order to improve support and promote self-care. For more info check out their next event or contact Chelsea on

NEXT EVENT: Preventing a lost generation - ADHD in Girls
Tickets here - Old Sharrow Junior School, Sheffield
Saturday, 20th Jan 2018 - 1:15pm to 2:45pm

Be a pal - Festival of Debate 2018

The Festival of Debate, Tickets for Good and The Ticket Bank are partnering in 2018 to increase participation and social inclusion, for those in need.

OPUS are looking for volunteers to support people who face social isolation, loneliness and other barriers to attend Festival of Debate events between April and June 2018.

Full training, free event tickets and related resources will be provided, the only cost is your time.
Expressions of interest are now open. 
 Contact for more information

'Savvy Bike Shed' - Tool Donations

The Goldthorpe Bicycle Project teaches bicycle mechanic skills to 18-24 year olds who are out work or education to build their confidence and ability to engage.

The Project has recently completed it's pilot 12 week program and has proved so successful it has just received the green light on it's funding for a second program AND the first group are wanting to continue the 'Fix-it' sessions they have been enjoying so much.

The groups are now in much need of their own tools, consumables and new spare parts so that they can continue delivering 'fix it' sessions after they've completed their maintenance lessons and during the times when their tutor David Gardner is not around.

The Savvy Bike Shed is based in Rotherham (Straight Lane, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9DW) if you would also be interested in providing some Management, Business, Funding, Finance and/or Social Media Support; which the groups would also find very useful...tool donations can be made in Sheffield and Rotherham.

You can get more information and details on how to get involved / donate tools by emailing David Gardner

Do you want volunteers / additional support?

If you have opportunities that our Fairness Champions could help you with, or if you know any organisations that would benefit from some support, we can help.
Click here to tell us about the one off / ongoing tasks you have.

'Fairer' Updates

Please read and share to help champion Fairness

Targeting Bad Landlords

Acorn Union is targeting landlords across the UK, who it says are exploiting vulnerable people with poor housing. 

Watch an Acorn organiser debating with a representative of the National Landlords Association on the issues that matter on the Victoria Derbyshire Show.
Click to watch. #FairerFutures

Fat Cat Thursday

Today is #FatCatThursday - The day of the year the UK's top bosses' pay will have surpassed the annual salary of a minimum wage worker!
A FTSE 100 CEO now earns an average (median) annual pay of £3.45 million per year, which is 221 times more than that of a minimum wage worker on £7.50 an hour and 120 times that of the average £28,758 collected by a full-time worker.
Click to read. #FairerWork

How children's books reveal inequality

As kids, reading offers an early insight into the forces of class and poverty that can shape our adult lives...from Willy Wonka to Wind in the Willows.
Caroline Lucas, Danny Dorling, Nikesh Shukla, Laurie Penny and Juno Dawson share the children’s books that influenced them and ask how they may shape our societies.
Click to read. #FairerFutures

Championing 'Making Sheffield Fairer'

The best way to help make Sheffield Fairer is to do things that, however seemingly small, make a little difference.

It is through the 'power of small actions' that we really can build a fairer and better city. There are so many people doing great work to help and support others and we want to celebrate, shout about and support them.
We are connecting with and searching for projects, initiatives and organisations who are working to Make Sheffield Fairer, so that we can give our Champions opportunities that they can get involved with.

We also want to hear from all the people already making a difference, sign them up as Champions, showcase what they're doing and start finding ways that we can help them.
Anyone who lives, works, studies or does business in Sheffield can become a Fairness Champion, just click here.

Many thanks for your ongoing support and efforts,

Jonny, the OPUS and Our Fair City Teams
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