Last week was a great week for making sure that both, in terms of our environment as well young people ,we are preparing for Sheffield’s future.
Recycling – An Award for Sheffield
I was happy to celebrate Sheffielders great passion for recycling. Sheffield has won a national award for our plastic recycling sites such as the one I visited in Waitrose. It is really great that Sheffielders are rolling up their sleeves and recycling for the future as well as the Council providing such sites with local private sector businesses to ensure that people can recycle easily.
Eating for Sheffield
I was delighted to attend the Eat Sheffield Restaurant Awards. No matter what your tastes in food, Sheffield has some great eateries, whether it be a slight snack or a great gourmet meal. These awards celebrate the restaurants and eateries within Sheffield and I was very happy to present a prize as well as celebrate the wonderful work that the hospitality industry does for our city.
My Place, My Future, My Voice
I was really happy to listen to some young people who are spreading the voice of young people at the centre of the new development in the Lowfields areas of Sheffield. I listened to their views and was absolutely bowled over by their determination and their vision about what they want. I will make sure that their vision is listened to and part of the vision for the new My Place development in the area.
Celebrating Young People Leaving Care
I was delighted to be invited to share the success of a number of Sheffield young people who have been in care and now, having left care, have developed fruitful and successful lives. It was really heart warming to hear the stories of young people who have started work, started families and really making a difference, not only to themselves but also the area of the city they live in. Absolutely bowled over by the fact that this was hosted and developed by young people who had left care and a real, real credit to the determination and spirit of young people.
I hosted some Senior Executives over from the Hitachi Group and spend an evening with them to discuss Sheffield’s approach to try to ensure that the Hitachi train development which will be their European Headquarters comes to Sheffield. They fed back how much they enjoyed the city and I just hope that for Sheffield jobs and the future of hi-tech manufacturing in Sheffield, that we can get Hitachi to locate here.
Dreaming Bigger Dreams
I showcased the positive work that many students do in Sheffield. Quietly behind the scenes students from the two wonderful Universities we have, day and day out volunteer and raise money for charities and organisations in Sheffield. I was able to hand over cheques for £117.00 to local charities and listen to the heart-warming stories of how students volunteer and making real differences every day to local people.
Bag a Book
I was delighted to go down to an event we have in Sheffield to give each young person who has either been adopted, or been fostered, a book token to improve their reading skills. A number of activities took place including me painting a spotty plant pot as part of showing my creative side. I was really pleased to join so many young people as well as their carers and adopted parents.