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  • Mon 17 Jun 2019 09:56

    Suitcase

    By Abbie Dodson

    Ever heard of Donate Don’t Waste? It’s a scheme that supports students moving out of their student accommodation. The scheme helps students to recycle and reduce the tonnes of waste that gets left behind each year. At Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union, we know how stressful moving out can be, but the Donate Don’t Waste scheme is so easy, you should definitely give it a try this summer.

    So, why should you spend time recycling? Not only is participating in Donate Don’t Waste (DDW) better for the environment, but you could also benefit amazing charities, such as The British Heart Foundation, whilst making moving out easier for you.

    DDW is simple; and covers almost every type of waste you could be leaving this summer. Clothes, shoes, handbags, kitchenware, CDs & DVDs, textiles and small electrical items can be collected in official British Heart Foundation Bags and donated at collection points around Sheffield. Such points are listed on this map.

    Similarly, unopened non-perishable food can be donated to Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. We will then distribute your unwanted food to different charities across Sheffield. Last year, we collected over 3 tonnes of food. It’s also important to use your blue and brown bins to recycle. Plastic boxes, tin cans and glass go in the brown bin, and paper and card go in the blue bin.

    As for kitchenware and other living necessities, have you asked housemates who are continuing on with their studies for another year? Are relatives beginning their university careers and moving into their own accommodation? Ask around and see if your unwanted kitchenware will save someone some money.

    If you are moving out of Halls of Residence, consider talking to reception about recycling facilities and food banks. They may also have helpful information regarding British Heart Foundation Drop off points. As a last resort for non-recyclable items, clear bin sacks can be collected from The HUBS, Accommodation Services and Heart of the Campus reception. These can be filled with rubbish and left out on your street to be collected. Anything in these bags will be incinerated, so please only fill with waste. There will be extra bin collections on certain roads between June 17th and July 5th to collect the clear bags. More information about clear sacks is available here.

    Donate Don’t Waste is a great scheme, and we encourage every student to give it a go. Your actions will make moving easier whilst helping the local community. For more information, leaflets are available from Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union.        

  • Wed 12 Jun 2019 15:51

    Suitcase

    By Abbie Dodson

    Breathe that sigh of relief as you submit that final piece of coursework and think about how you’d like to spend your summer. Since Coachella and touring America might not be a realistic option for those on a budget, Sheffield has its own hidden gems. The city has many affordable and interesting places to visit, which will surely fill a few days for those staying in the city over the summer. To help, we have compiled a helpful list of places to go and things to do to keep your summer interesting and full of new experiences.

     

    Things to Do in Around Sheffield:

    Graves Park

    Website: https://m.facebook.com/gravesparkanimalfarm/

    Admission Fee: Free

    What It Is: A small interactive farm including rare breeds of sheep and cattle. There is a café and a large field perfect for picnics.

     

    Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre

    Website: https://www.butterflyhouse.co.uk

    Admission Fee: £12.50 (student price)

    What It Is: A large zoo with meerkats, birds of prey, butterflies and prairie dogs. 

     

    Rother Valley Country Park

    Website: http://www.rvcp.co.uk/Home.aspx

    Admission Fee: free entry (£3.00 parking)

    What It Is: A large scenic country park with beautiful views, different walks and a water sports centre and a café. Bikes and boats can all be rented.

     

    Weston Park Museum

    Website: http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/weston-park/home

    Admission Fee: free entry

    What It Is: A small museum close to the city centre with exhibit including ‘Sheffield in the Sixties’ and ‘Nordic by Nature’.

     

    Kelham Island Museum

    Website: http://www.simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum

    Admission Fee: £7.50

    What It Is: An interactive gallery which details Sheffield’s history throughout the Victorian Era, two world wars and the Industrial Revolution.

     

    Events in Sheffield:

     

    Tramlines Festival

    Website: https://tramlines.org.uk

    Admission: Day tickets from £40

    What It Is: A weekend long music festival played in Hillsborough Park, with acts such as Two Door Cinema Club, Reverend and the Makers and Lewis Capaldi.

    When: Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July.

     

    Comedy Club Night

    Website: http://www.orh.org.uk

    Admission: Tickets can be bought online.

    What It Is:  A fun night with three hilarious comedians with a licensed bar and free nibbles.

    When & Where: The Old Rectory on Friday 6th July.

     

    Sheffield Vegan Festival

    Website: http://www.orh.org.uk

    Admission: Tickets from £2

    What It Is:  A selection of traders and visitors offering a huge selection of vegan foods.

    When & Where: The Megacentre on the 15th September.