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

A great range of opportunities, events and stories from organisations championing different aspects of fairness across the city and further afield, proving change is happening everywhere.

As always, if you or someone you know has a great story we should share we'd love to hear all about it...tell us your Champion Fairness Stories here.

Register for Living Wage Week

Get accredited ahead of Living Wage Week 2017
Living Wage Week 2017 is the 5th - 11th November, with the new Living Wage Rates for 2017/18 announced on Monday 6th.
There are over 3,500 Living Wage employers across the UK
86% reported it enhanced their general reputatiton
80% saw an increase in the quality of work
You can get more information about getting involved in Living Wage Week here and details on how to become a Living Wage Employer here.

Melanin Festival - October 2017

Our Mel is a grassroots volunteer community dedicated to exploring cultural identity, Black history and what it means to be a person of colour today.
Inspired by two local lasses on a journey of self-love, Our Mel was born in November 2016 over a pack of caramel biscuits and a cup of tea (Yorkshire of course). 11 months on and it has grown into a 40 event festival, programmed over the whole of October.

Details of all of the events can be found in the schedule here and include: film screenings, talks, art exhibitions, theatre, poetry and even a PechaKucha Night.

What should we be debating in 2018?

The 2018 calendar is currently being curated and we'd love your input

A number of events about fairness and poverty featured in the 2017 program and we'd really like to know what topics you think we should we all be discussing for the Festival of Debate 2018?

You can also get involved by:
Putting on your own event to be included in the line-up
Your organisation hosting an event to promote your work
Donating a venue / space to support an event

More details can be found here and you can email OPUS / Now Then on with you suggestions and ideas.

Cohesion Sheffield Launch Event

Cohesion Sheffield’s vision is to make Sheffield a place where everyone feels welcome and valued, in a community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

The Official Launch Event will take place on Monday 16th October from 1:30pm in the Winter Garden. The Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy will be in attendance and there’ll be a children’s creative art exhibition on the subject of ‘I’m a Sheffielder because…’ Everyone is welcome.

For more details about Cohesion Sheffield, how it's funded, who's involved and it's priorities read the Our Fair City blog post here.

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

Richard Branson calls for UBI

Richard Branson has backed the introduction of a universal basic income and said it is crucial to tackling the rise of AI.

The billionaire said it could help protect people whose jobs will be lost as a result of new technology. Among them is Finland, where Mr Branson was speaking at the Nordic Business Forum.
Click to read. #FairerFutures

Meet the student co-ops embracing real food

Real food is replacing junk food as the staple diet for students working with Sustain, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes and campaigns for ethical food and agricultural policies and practices, who are helping set up food co-ops in UK universities and colleges.
Click to read. #FairerFood

The UK needs to do better on skills and education as the real robotics battleground

While robots may sweep aside low-skilled industrial jobs, they will also create new skilled opportunities. Training and education must be the priorities.
Click to read. #FairerWork

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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