Celebrating Diversity in Sheffield
I was invited to be a guest at the 62nd Independence Day for Pakistan. It was wonderful to see so many British Muslims celebrating their Britishness, as well as wanting to share with friends in Pakistan the independence of that country. I was really delighted at the number of young people who contribute significantly from the Pakistani Community to Sheffield, and showcasing some of their talents and skills.
Building Schools for the Future – Community Buildings not just Education
I had a meeting with the project officer and the Director of Children’s Services, Dr Sonia Sharp, to discuss how we can make new school buildings a community resource. It would be nice to try to ensure that such things as libraries, and other local community resources, are built as part of the new school building programme.
We discussed options and ideas and we are going to see what can be done.
Trying to cut red tape and bureaucracy
I know like many Sheffielders, I get frustrated by red tape and bureaucracy, in light of this I met with Nathan Roper and Ian Adams from a social enterprise called Stuffing Oatcakes to try and see whether we can help create more local jobs as well as helping homeless people getting employment. They were frustrated at some of the barriers between planning and licensing within the Council. We are going to look at their case and see how we can improve services to local businesses so that they can help create jobs.
I am particularly keen to support Stuffing Oatcakes which won the social enterprise of the year award in Sheffield, and their commitment to employment training opportunities here in Sheffield for some people who have fallen on hard times.
Going for Gold
I was able to see Paul Deighton, who is leading the organisation of the 2012 London Olympics. We were able to showcase the strength of Sheffield businesses which could benefit from winning contacts to help him make London 2012 the best Olympics ever. I am confident that Sheffield businesses can succeed and help promote, not just Sheffield, but the UK on an international stage.
Also as part of the cultural part of the Olympics I met some young people from Sheffield and Bradford who are looking at the Olympics as a way forward to help in education and bringing young people together. This was showcased at the Graves Gallery in the Central Library.
Green Jobs for Sheffield
I had another business visit, this time from Earthmine. We discussed how the company could help cut people’s bills and also how better energy efficient homes and businesses would be in Sheffield. We all know that Sheffielders reducing carbon is important and therefore this company can give advice, to not only save money, but reduce carbon output, is well worth looking at to see what they can do. This is clearly the type of company we want to encourage in Sheffield which helps, not just to create local green jobs, but helps internationally reduce climate change problems. See for yourself at www.earthmine.co.uk
Tramlines – Feedback
Late this week I met with Jon McClure otherwise known as ‘The Reverend’, a Sheffielder who heads the band Reverend and The Makers, an indie rock band which performed at the Tramlines Festival which I mentioned in an earlier blog. We discussed the recent Festival, how it went, and how the city was buzzing during that weekend and what a great success it had been. I wished him and the band well with their current tour supporting Oasis.
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