'Making Sheffield Fairer' November Champions Update
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November 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 Sheffield Christmas Dinner, a UBI Pilot for Sheffield, the #GirlsWithDrills Campaign and Festival of Debate well as articles on: a young Sheffielders' view of the future, Universal Basic 'Services' and the Rise of the Robot Brickie!
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.

The Sheffield Christmas Dinner

'The Christmas Dinner' brings local communities together to offer support and company for care leavers on Christmas Day. 2017 is the first year that it will take place in Sheffield.

The Christmas Dinner is a national project founded by author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE. Care leavers are people who have spent time in care while they were growing up, so they may not have family. The vision of The Christmas Dinner is that no care leaver should be alone at Christmas.

Organiser Ruby Robinson is looking for a diverse range of hosts and helpers to support the project by being there on the day or helping to prepare food on Christmas Eve or wrapping presents at our present-wrapping parties throughout December.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email

If you can't make any of those times, but would like to help change the narrative about children and young people in the care system and help these young people to feel valued, loved and supported, you can share information about the project and invite people to buy a gift for a care leaver.

A template email with links, Crowdfunder campaign info and further information is available if you email

Twitter @tcdSheffield  /  Facebook The Sheffield Christmas Dinner

Want to see a UBI Pilot in Sheffield?

The Centre for Welfare ReformSheffield Equality Group, Basic Income UK, OPUS and a growing group of local activists and academics have been working together to develop a conversation around and a movement for basic income in Sheffield. They are currently working on plans for a significant sized, 2 year trial for the city.

You can get more information about what's been happening here and details on how to get involved in The UBI Lab Sheffield by emailing

#GirlsWithDrills Campaign


Making stuff is too much fun for any child to be excluded. So Kisha Bradley and Ruth Amos are doing something about it, starting a campaign to provide free maker sessions to young people in a disadvantaged areas across Sheffield and South Yorkshire.

#girlswithdrills was born out of a shared frustration over the lack of confidence in children, and especially girls, that Kisha and Ruth work with. So they started 'a conversation': Why are so many people not able to access the vital skills needed for them to thrive in the future?

They believe that by giving children equal access to making they will gain the skills they need for careers they otherwise wouldn't consider...encouraging tomorrow's inventors, programmers and tinkers today. 

And FEAR not...just because they're campaigning under the banner #girlswithdrills, doesn't mean that anyone else is left out!

For every #GirlsWithDrills top purchased, Bright Box Makerspace will provide a young person in a disadvantaged area (in Sheffield / South Yorkshire) with a maker session COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE.
Find out more here and use use the #hashtag and adult tops, adult t-shirts and cosy kids jumpers to start conversations with friends, strangers and loved ones about equal opportunity in making.

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 your suggestions and ideas.

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

Futures - Isaac Hanson

What will the UK look like in ten years? Will it be a utopia in which work is voluntary, food is free and Sheffield United are in the Premier League? Will it be a post-brexit nightmare in which we have lost all contact with the outside world? Will it even exist at all?
Read Isaac's thoughts about the future and what we need to do now.
Click to read. #FairerFutures

Universal Basic Services over Universal Basic Income?

The Social Prosperity Network, a research network at University College London’s Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP), released a report this month arguing for Universal Basic Services including: shelter (social housing), food, transportation (e.g. bus passes), and information (e.g. internet access), in addition to the National Health Service, public education, and public legal services.
Click to read. #FairerFutures

Rise of the robot brickie

Automation could wipe out 600,000 construction jobs by 2040

Almost 1-in-3 construction jobs could be eliminated over the next two decades. New research from Mace predicts, with the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' turning the sector on its head. Bricklaying jobs are predicted to tumble from 73,000 to just 4,300, carpentry and internal fitting positions dropping from 263,000 to 15,500, painters and decorator roles from 111,000 to 6,500 and the number of labourers will plummet from 127,000 to 7,500!
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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