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  • Wed 14 Nov 2018 15:59

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    By Kirstie Rutter

    Transgender Awareness Week is a week-long celebration of all things Trans, leading up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. On this day we remember victims of transphobic violence and those who advocate for transgender rights. So why do we celebrate the week before as well? And what’s the purpose?

    The main purpose of Trans Awareness Week (TAW) is education, the truth is we unfortunately don’t talk about trans lives and what being trans means enough. This leads to a lot of misunderstandings and a lack of education within the general public. But sometimes the answers we need questions to are locked behind walls of difficult or uncomfortable questions, so in TAW we bring this information to the forefront and celebrate, to show the world what it means to be trans, and to show fellow trans and non-binary people that they’re not alone.

    But why do Hallam specifically observe this? Well the sad truth is that universities aren’t doing enough to protect trans students. Stonewall’s 2018 university report (which can be found here) found the following:

    • More than a third of trans students faced negative comments or conduct from university staff in the last year because they are LGBT.
    • Three in five trans students have been the target of negative comments or conduct from other students.
    • Seven per cent of trans students were physically attacked by another student or a member of university staff in the last year because of being trans.
    • Two in five trans students wouldn't feel confident reporting any homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying to university staff.
    • One in four non-binary students and one in six trans students don’t feel able to wear clothes representing their gender expression at university.
    • One in six trans students report being unable to use the toilet they feel comfortable with at university.

    It’s for these reasons that we must continue to create a safe environment for Trans and Non-Binary students to study. Whilst we write and pass policies for Trans students (You can these and other Union policies here), and act as a reporting centre for hate crime and discrimination, we also need to be a space that students feel they can come to. So, to help with this we host events and talks, welcoming students from though out the LGBT+ community to join us. These events can be anything from raising awareness, to education, to just celebrations and positivity.  

    This year for TAW we’re focusing on education and celebrating some really brilliant people. I’ll be posting a series of Blogs about Trans subjects, we’ve got lists of amazing trans and non-binary people from before the 1900’s and Non-binary people you might not have heard about, as well as breaking down the LGBT+ gender flags and what they represent.

    I’ll also be making mini bios of Trans and Non-Binary figures and putting them up around the HUBs and the SU area in the Heart of the Campus. If you spot them remember to tweet @KirstieRutter or @SHULGBTRep!

    But the big one to look for for this year is the Gender Identi-tea Party and Karaoke After Party at the HUBs! They both take place of Friday the 16th, the Tea Party from 2pm-4pm and the Karaoke from 7pm onwards! You can find the full info here: www.facebook.com/events/194421431471150/

    Follow me on twitter! @Kirstie Rutter

    And for all things LGBT+ at Shu follow @SHULGBTREP and Like our Facebook page

  • Tue 13 Nov 2018 16:25

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    By Lauren O'Donoghue 

    Many Elderly People Struggle With Loneliness

    The UK’s population is ageing. There are now almost 12 million people aged 65 or over in the UK, with that number expected to increase to over 16 million in the next 17 years. There are a number of issues affecting elderly people in Britain, from discrimination - 36.8% of people aged 65 and over have reportedly been discriminated against because of their age - to poverty, a particular problem in winter when fuel costs rise.

     

    But one of the most serious issues affecting the elderly in Britain - and one of the least visible - is loneliness. 1.9 million elderly people in the UK often feel ignored and invisible, and over half of all people aged 75 or over live alone. There are a number of reasons why elderly people may end up socially isolated. The death of a spouse or friends, family moving away, illness and disability are all factors that might contribute to an elderly person becoming isolated and lonely.

     

    Along with the obvious emotional toll of loneliness, studies have shown that it can have a serious impact on physical health too. Loneliness is associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and strokes, and people with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Loneliness can even increase a person’s risk of premature death by up to a quarter.

     

    Loneliness and social isolation in elderly people is an easy issue to ignore; not out of malice, but because it almost always occurs behind closed doors. Older people, particularly if they unwell, will often remain in their home a great deal of the time, and many find it difficult to connect with other people or ask for help.

     

    Supporting Elderly People In The Community

    Luckily, there are a number of organisations dedicated to tackling this crucial issue. Some charities offer befriending services to elderly people at risk of social isolation. Volunteers will visit them at home, call them up for a chat, or take them out to a cafe or for a walk.

     

    Sharon Saunders is the Interim Operations Manager at SCCCC, a charity that has been supporting the elderly in Sheffield for over fifty years. She highlighted some of the reasons why this issue is so important in our area. “I think people don’t appreciate the effect on mental health,” she said. “Older people in the community are often isolated, and it’s not just a case of people who haven’t got families. People may have families but their families don’t often live close any more, so the communities are spreading.”

     

    Student volunteers can make a huge impact on elderly people in their community, and don’t need to be discouraged by their university schedules. “More often than not the people who we match up, the older people are really happy just to have that student,” she said. “They’re happy to look forward to September when they come back, and for the summer period and for Christmas they’re quite happy. They know that it’s going to be a fortnight but ‘that’s okay, because when they come back in January I’ll see them again’”.

     

    How To Get Involved

    Befriending services might not be the right fit for everyone, but there are plenty of other ways to get involved with organisations like SCCCC. Many organisations require volunteers to act as a ‘second person’ on an ad hoc basis, accompanying staff members on home visits, and there are always loads of opportunities for people who want to raise funds and awareness.

     

    If you’re interested in supporting elderly people, there are loads of opportunities available through Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. As well as helping you to find regular volunteering roles or one-off opportunities with local charities, the Volunteering Team can also provide support and guidance if you want to organise a fundraiser or arrange an event.

     

    Here are just a few of the many brilliant local charities you could get involved with to help tackle social isolation among the elderly...

     

    SCCCC (Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care)

    SCCCC has been supporting older people in Sheffield since 1965. They run a ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme in local communities, and offer services such as hospital aftercare and key safe loans to those who need them. There are a number of ways you can volunteer with the organisation, from fundraising to home visits with elderly people, and they are happy to take on students on an ad-hoc basis that fits around their studies.

     

    Website: https://scccc.co.uk

     

    Age Better in Sheffield

    Age Better in Sheffield is a charitable organisation dedicated to reducing isolation in people aged 50 or over. They offer a number of volunteering opportunities around the city, including skill swap sessions and community journalism. Their website also hosts toolkits and resources for self-education about how to better support socially isolated older people in your community.

     

    Website: http://www.agebettersheff.co.uk/

     

    Darnall Dementia Group

    Part of the Darnall Dementia Trust, Darnall Dementia Group runs a day centre three days a week. These sessions provide activities and companionship for people with dementia, and support, advice and information to their carers. They aim to offer one-to-one support at every session, so new volunteers are welcome. Some of the activities they have recently carried out include dancing, sharing stories and trips to the seaside.


    Website: http://www.darnalldementiagroup.co.uk

  • Wed 07 Nov 2018 10:32

     

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    By Jess Brown

    In the wise words of Super Hans from Peep Show “sit in the bath and have a magnum.”

    Keeping in line with the day, I’m trying not to stress myself out thinking too much on how to start this so thought I’d try something different, loosen up and just write what comes to mind. Writing isn’t stressful to me but it can get all tangled like a ball of rubber bands when you sit and think too much about what words you’re going to mess around with.. It’s like a flowing spilt bottle of fanta.

    See that doesn’t make any discernible sense but I’m trying not to stress today. Earlier, I had my favourite sweets, played a bit of PS4 and watched some of The Office US just to keep me chilled before doing course work. Just trying to chill and let myself relax. Ooh a good song to relax to is Send Me On My Way by Rusted Root. That’s playing now and it’s chilling me right out, giving me Matilda vibes.

    It’s a balance really and a tricky one to get right and give advice on because everyone is different. Being aware of your stress and wanting to calm yourself isn’t always a viable option either because sometimes we have commitments that mean we have to stress. That’s okay too. What I try to do in those situations is schedule something for the end of my work load so that I know I have something to wind down to. The theme of the day this year is “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress?” which is relevant to a lot of our generation. It’s probably a good idea to take note of what may be making you stressed and if that is your phone, laptop or computer then give yourself a break from it. I myself have to come off of social media every now and then to stop myself being sucked into the pit of self-deprecation and despair it can generate. The point of the day is to be mindful of what’s potentially causing you harm. You may not feel up to tackling it and that’s okay, but being aware of it is the first step to getting there.

    In the meantime have some chocolate if you want. Or watch your favourite TV show, don’t text her/him/them back, or do, play a video game, eat a biscuit, go for a walk, look at a bird, go look at the stars tonight, have a hot chocolate, stay in bed, whatever it is that helps you relax. Take a breather, it’s National Stress Awareness Day 2018. I mean, of course stress more than usual if that's your prerogative but in a way isn’t that just doing what you want, so you’re actually adhering to the message of National Stress Awareness Day? Think that’s a paradox.

    It’s important to look after your mental health and take time for yourself every now and then. National Stress Awareness Day shouldn’t just be for one day of the year, there should be multiple days throughout a week where you take the time you need to breathe. Too much stress can lead to a litany of health problems (that’s not just me chatting nonsense, it’s been proven by scientists) and can lead to you losing track of your studies, which just leads to more stress... it’s a vicious cycle. Sometimes a day, night or even hour of self-reflection and care can give you time to process and get more motivated to tackle the mountain of work you may have in life. For example I took an hour break from writing this because I couldn’t come up with an ending, which ironically gave me a perfect example to end on.

     

     

     

  • Fri 02 Nov 2018 16:39

     

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    By Abbie Dodson

    With October comes many things; the autumnal descent into winter, shops selling Christmas Decorations prematurely, and the Autumn Budget, which isn’t quite as complex and ominous as it may sound.

    The Autumn Budget is the annual economic statement made by the government, and was published on Monday 29th October. The Autumn Budget details government’s spending and taxation plans, which are ‘forecasted’ by the Office for Budget Responsibility. The statement focuses on estimates for Britain’s economic growth over the next year.

    Phillip Hammond has served as Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2016, and has promised that October’s Budget will “put an end to austerity.”Whilst the budget details nothing which specifically affects university students, there are many changes which affect aspects of student life.

    Alcohol, Tobacco and Fuel

    Many students  enjoy alcohol, for example, and whilst duty on beer, cider, and spirits will be frozen, there’s bad news for wine drinkers, as the price of wine is set to inflate by 8p from February. Prices of cigarettes and tobacco products are also rising, with a packet of 20 cigarettes due to rise 33p. On a more positive note, for the students who drive, fuel duty will remain frozen for the ninth consecutive year. There is also a confirmed £30 billion dedicated to fixing Britain’s potholes and repairing motorways.

    Pay and Benefits

    Once you graduate and start paying tax, you get a 'tax-free allowance' which is the amount of your wage that you don't pay tax on. The Budget announced that there would be  an increase in this tax-free allowance to £12,500 as of April 2019.

    The National Living Wage and National Minimal Wage are also increasing, the new hourly rates can be found below:

     

    . For Employees aged 25+, rates are increasing from £7.83 to £8.21

    . For 21-24 year olds, rates are increasing from £7.38 to £7.70

    . For 18-20 year olds rates are increasing from £5.90 to £6.15

    . For 16-17 year olds, rates are increasing from £4.20 to £4.35

    . Apprentice wages are also changing from £3.70 to £3.90.

     

    With wage growth at its highest in ten years, Hammond has also provided £630 to benefit working families with children, and insists that the new ‘controversial’ welfare and benefits system is “here to stay". This disputed system provides an extra billion pounds to help welfare claimants transfer to a new, stronger benefit.

     

    Brexit

    Regarding Brexit, the Autumn Budget has set aside an extra £500 million to prepare for leaving the European Union. There will also be a commemorative 50p coin to mark the event.

    Security

    An extra £160 million has been set aside for counter-terrorism policing, alongside an extra £1 billion for armed forces and improving cyber-capabilities. There is also consideration for better mental health care for veterans to mark the centenary anniversary of the end of World War One.

    Healthcare

    The NHS has been granted an extra £20.5 billion over the next five years, with a minimum of £2 billion a year being provided to mental health services. These services include a new mental health crisis centre which offers support in every accident and emergency nationally.

    There will also be a new 24-hour mental health hotline, along with an increase in the amount of mental health ambulances.

    An extra £700 million has been provided to councils to better care for those with disabilities and the elderly.

    Education

    A single “bonus” of £400 million has been set up to help schools buy the ‘little extras they need” in the coming year. There has also been funding granted for 10 University Enterprise Zones.

    Environment

    A new tax has been announced for plastic packaging which does not contain 30% recyclabale material however there will not be a tax on takeaway coffee cups or the so-called 'Latte levy' but the government has stated this would be reconsidered if the industry does not progress enough. A further £60m has been set aside for planting trees in England and £10 to deal with abandoned waste sites.For full details of the Budget 2018, head to the government's website here https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/budget-2018

  • Wed 31 Oct 2018 15:48

     

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    By Jess Brown

    Before I start I just want to clarify that I’m half Indian, half English. So although I don’t have the same experience as a black person I have similar experiences with racism and social divides. I also have a few black friends who I’ve experienced racism alongside and have spoken to them a lot about this subject. I also want to say this isn’t an attack on white people at all. It’s just a truth of society that is still relevant and involves the strange divides we have between “races”. At the end of the day we are all human and should be treated equal. Colour doesn’t matter. But that doesn’t change what has happened in the past and what is happening today, and the construct of race that very much does still exist.

    I was on the bus yesterday and I heard a couple of white school students saying the n-word as they walked past me to get off. The n-word. White kids saying the n-word casually. It was just to one another, not to a black person, as one would call a friend, friend. It’s sort of semi-normalized in parts of society now, not obviously by actual black people but by white people who probably don’t have any black friends. Those kids probably have no idea why it’s wrong to say that word. They probably don’t know the meaning behind the word or the pain it has caused. They don’t understand its weight or its significance in history. Might have even just been repeating it from a song. In my life (mostly in school) I’ve heard a lot of white people argue that they have a right to use it because “they themselves weren’t responsible for slavery” or “black people use it so why shouldn’t we?”

    I’ll deconstruct both of these here. We as a country were involved heavily in slavery. We traded people for over 300 years. That’s multiple generations and that’s also just us. America were way worse. The horrors that slaves suffered were beyond a sane person’s imagination and so it’s our responsibility as an evolving species and a culture to make sure that never happens again. Especially if people we are descended from were responsible for that suffering... We can help do that by remaining culturally sensitive to actual historical fact and societal change. This word wasn’t just used in slave times it was used during the civil rights movement and still gets used as a racist slur to this day. To oppress. My point is it still holds weight.

    The reclaiming of the word was significant in giving black people a sense of their power back. White people in this generation may not have been directly responsible for slavery but there’s a strong chance their ancestors were. That includes me since I’m half English. Its an insult to use it and not take in the consequences of our ancestors’ actions. You may not be responsible for what happened but you are responsible for what happens now. Today. You have to be sensitive and aware about the power that word has and the power that we have as people to stop terrible acts like that happening again. To remove racial barriers too. Also it’s not about banning free speech for white people. Bearing in mind for hundreds of years white people have used it to oppress. If your people were to blame for that suffering why would you use it? It’s also just cringe and ignorant hearing mostly privileged white people use a word that represents monumental struggle and fight for survival for an ethnic group in society, when they know nothing of that struggle and fight for survival.

    You don’t have to be black to take offence at that word being used by people who aren’t black. Just as you don’t have to be brown to take offence to me being called a “paki” randomly on the street (which still happens). That’s a word I’ve never understood because I would be proud to be Pakistani just as I am proud to be Indian. But racism isn’t about making sense is it. Hatred doesn’t make sense it’s just quick and ugly and stupid. 

    I’ve found a lot with my personal experience and that of my ethnic friends that a thing people of any ethnicity do is often to make jokes about their race or enable white friends to say certain slurs. We often do this as a defence tactic so white people don’t get there first because 9 times out of 10 that’s what’s happened before. We’ve gone up to meet someone new and we’ve just had race hate thrown at us. Or eventually close friends have just got to those jokes and slurs on their own. It’s good to keep this in mind if you have friends of different ethnicities too. They’re most of the time making a lot of race jokes about themselves to stop others from doing it first.

    One last thing I want to talk about is my experience in school of being forced to spend time with people who I knew were racist. More often than not, I knew that because they had been racist to me in the past. I’d have to spend time with them because my white friends asked me to and said they were really nice people. Even if I explained they had been racist they said it was probably a joke or a misunderstanding and peer pressure would cave me. I knew though. You learn to spot hatred when you get it thrown at you a few times. It sits behind the eyes. I knew whilst I was talking to them, pretending to be comfortable that they were most likely judging me or looking down on me. I have never felt anything more stomach churning than that. I’ve asked my other ethnic friends on this and they’ve agreed with me. It’s the privilege of white people to ask their ethnic friends to shake the hands of other white people who they know hold racist views. I think it's something we don't talk about enough and it's good to keep in mind.

  • Tue 30 Oct 2018 14:57

     

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    Written by Jess Mell - final year Nutrition and Public Health student

    We all know the feeling, but whether I agree with it as a term that is thrown around so often is another matter. To me, ‘academic stress’ feels as though it is something everyone must experience, otherwise you are not trying hard enough- but it is not the case.

    Lectures about assignments, endless talks about the value of extracurricular activities and the pile of washing accumulating in the corner of your bedroom- university is one big juggling act. It is a far reach from the fun and games most people think that they are signing up to, although, I do appreciate that this varies between different people and their motivations for being here. Personally, over the two years that I have been at university I have tried, sometimes failed, but mostly triumphed in creating a good balance of work and life. I will admit that my non-drinking lifestyle helps by creating more time in a morning and freeing up an entire Sunday, but that doesn’t mean that I spend all of that time doing academic work. It is all about using that time to look after yourself, do something you enjoy and relax with those around you. University is a fantastic experience, and it is also 3 whole years of your life- don’t forget that.

    I am fortunate that I have amazing friends and family, who are incredibly supportive and great listeners. Having previously suffered with a severe eating disorder leading to hospitalisation just 3 years ago, it was important for me to have a sort of action plan to prevent relapse and maintain good mental health whilst returning to university. This was a challenge at first, but I knew all of the steps I needed to take in order to achieve this goal, the first being to talk.

    I am incredibly open about my past experiences, but I am also incredibly open about how I feel right now. Whether it is to my best friends, my parents, the nurse or my boyfriend, I have people around me that I can talk to. However, there are also plenty of people within the Students’ Union that I know I could speak to if I was struggling, as well as academic staff. They are prepared to listen; you just have to be prepared to talk.

    I know that extracurricular activities are sold as being the key addition to your CV, but they provide so much more than that. This was my second step- walking up to Michael’s desk in the volunteering hub and signing up to a project, literally on the day I arrived at university. I knew that this project would be a regular activity that I could look forward to throughout the week. It encouraged me to get out of my flat and meet new people. It also helped to boost my confidence and give me a break from the routine of lectures, seminars and assessments. I often joke that I forget I am studying for a degree because I spend so much time getting involved with other projects, but this is what makes me happy and without it I think I would really struggle.

    The last thing that I want to mention is exercise. This is a new thing that I have started this year and I absolutely love it. My housemate and I attend a Clubbercise class just a few doors down from our house, and every Wednesday we arm ourselves with our glow sticks and head to the class. It is so much fun and for that one hour I forget about everything and enjoy myself. Check out Hallam’s Social Sports timetable, or look at Pop-Pilates or Zumba that is on offer at the HUBS, you don’t have to commit yourself to an expensive gym membership, just have a go at something new and have fun!

    At the end of the day, there are so many challenges that university throws at you and there is not one thing that works for everyone in order to tackle that. It’s a case of trial and error, but I would encourage everyone to reach out and talk to people rather than suffering in silence. Just remind yourself that everyone is going through the same thing, but everyone has a unique way of dealing with it. Speak to people, find out what works for them, you might learn a new breathing technique, or a time management strategy. However you get through the ‘academic stress’, just remind yourself that you are not alone and support is out there. Don’t let it get too much and don’t overwhelm yourself.

    Remember, it is 3 years of your life that you will never get back- it’s important to look after yourself!

  • Wed 24 Oct 2018 10:46

     

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    By Abbie Dodson

    Black History Month began in 1915, only 50 years after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in America. The event was originally named ‘Negro History Week’ by its founder, Carter G Woodson, but has been officially referred to as Black History Month since 1987. The campaign for ethnic equality now spans the whole of October, where it was originally held during the second week of February

    Sheffield Hallam Students' Union President, Abdullah Okud, is leading a campaign across the Students' Union, focusing on barriers within education and the black struggle within academia. Abdullah is keen to promote this month not just as Black History Month, but as an ongoing “Black History Campaign”. Abdullah believes that racial empowerment should be an ever-present movement throughout the entire year.

    Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union intends to celebrate the 31st Black History Month in many different ways. Black History Month inspires discussions about racial topics, and aims to empower people of colour and eradicate racial discrimination. The Students' Union is keen to enforce equality and belonging, and Abdullah intends to use his position within the Union to tackle any racism that may occur within Sheffield Hallam University.

    It seems implausible that we live in the futuristic setting of ‘Back to the Future’, and still battle racial inequality. However, a multitude of evidence suggests that racial discrimination is still prominent in 2018.  This discrimination has been proven to particularly affect black university student, as 2011 NUS report found that one in six black students had experienced racism at their institution.  A mathematics student at the University of Surrey was severely injured in a racially motivated attack, and now finds it difficult to attend lectures through fear of another attack.

    A black student we spoke to who attends Sheffield Hallam University claims that there is a lack of understanding of people’s differences within the University. Abdullah wants to make Hallam’s environment as enjoyable and unbiased as possible for black students, and to encourage more black students to enter academia. Research concludes that black students are 50% more likely to leave university than people of other ethnicities, with 1/10th of black students dropping out of universities across Britain annually. Studies conducted by the Equality Challenge Unit claim that the gap between the number of white students and BME students obtaining firsts and 2:1s is 15.2%.

    In wider society, studies have found that black adult males have the lowest mental health treatment rate of any ethnic group. The statistics for black patients show that they are 7.1% less likely than white British patients to seek help. Whilst cultural values have been proven to influence these statistics, racism is another key contributor. Despite Black History Month initially aiming to raise awareness surrounding racism and discrimination, it also aims to empower black communities, and better enable them to discuss these ‘taboo’ issues, including the relationship between masculinity and mental health. This issue is being confronted directly in a scheduled talk this month; Mental Health and Me: The Unspoken Taboo in the Black Community.

    Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union also aims to support black women in academia throughout this campaign. Deborah Gabriel is a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University, and has experienced this racial and gender discrimination first hand. Gabriel claims that her students circulated racially abusive messages about her via social media during her classes. She states that the messages referred to her “[...] race and gender in animalistic and graphic sexual terms”. The scheduled talk: NUS: Black Women in Academia, aims to support black female students this Black History Month, and reduce discrimination, encouraging more potential black female academics.

    In 2015-2016, shocking figures concluded that universities employed more black staff as cleaners and receptionists opposed to lecturers or professors. Two years later, and the statistics are still disheartening. In the 2016-17 academic year, only 25 black female academics worked as professors out of 19,000. These statistics also showed that only 90 black men worked as professors in English universities opposed to a staggering 14,000 white males.

    The Students’ Union has also launched several smaller campaigns to help fight racism and prejudice. These campaigns include encouraging ethnic pride and eradicating racial bias within the curriculum. The Students’ Union wants students to stay at university, not leave early. These issues are all going to be addressed in the upcoming events scheduled by the Students’ Union through October, culminating with Do It For Your Culture, a celebration evening of food, music and culture with guest speakers, performances and awards. With attendees encouraged to wear their traditional clothing to the event,

    These events range from workshops to a talk with Sheffield’s Mayor, Majid Majid. There are planned cinema nights in the iconic HUBS building, where films such as Black Panther and Selmar will be screened. A football tournament has been organised with the intention of removing differences between competitive and non-competitive black students. Externally, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union is running an outreach programme where staff visit local schools to inspire black children to attend university, hopefully reducing the attainment gap for prospective black academics.

     

    A full list of the planned events can be found below:

     

    Black History Campaign 2018.

     

    02/10/2018 – Black History Month Launch.

    Time: 12:00 – 2:00

    Venue: Pinball Square.

     

    04/10/2018 – Barriers in Education.

    Time: 18:00 to 20:00

    Venue: Peak Lecture Theatre.

     

    11/10/2018 – Black in Politics: In Conversation with Mayor Majid.

    Time: 18:00 to 20:00

    Venue: Owen 1028.

     

    12/10/2018 – NUS: Black Women in Academia.

    Time: 18:00 to 19:30

    Venue: Awaiting Confirmation.

     

    13/10/2018 – Mental Health and Me: The Unspoken Taboo in the Black Community.

    Time: 09:30 to 16:20

    Venue: Victoria Hall Methodist Church.

     

    18/10/2018 – Selma Film Screening.

    Time: 18:00 to 20:30

    Venue: The Stage (in the HUBS).

     

    22/10/2018 –Black Panther Film Screening.

    Time: 18:00 to 20:30

    Venue: The Stage (in the HUBS).

     

    23/10/2018 – Kick it Out Workshop.

    Time: 11:00 to 13:00

    Venue: The Stage (in the HUBS).

     

    23/10/2018 – Open Mic Night.

    Time: 18:00 to 21:00

    Venue: Coffee Union.

     

    25/10/2018 – Black History Debate Night.

    Time: 17:00 to 20:00.

    Venue: Common Room.

     

    27/10/2018 – One Race Football Tournament.

    Time: 12:00 to 17:00

    Venue: Sports Park.

    Details: 6 a side tournament. Ticket Price: £2.50 each, £15 for a team. Transportation included.

     

    30/10/2018 – Do it For Your Culture.

    Time: 18:00 to 21:00.

    Venue: Stage (in the HUBS).






     

     

  • Fri 19 Oct 2018 15:16

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    By Jess Brown

    I absolutely love October. So many scares, so little time. In fact, I’d say that my favourite thing about our culture is that it has a month dedicated to spookiness. We make candles out of giant fruits and dress as ghosts and vampires etc. We eat lots of sweets and scare ourselves silly watching horror films that would make an actual ghost shudder. What’s not to love?

    Speaking of I recently just finished Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and I highly recommend it. Netflix (the beauties, praise our streaming overlords *ahem*) are releasing a lot of horror themed content this month so keep an eye out if that’s your thing. Get ya spook on. In Sheffield, it’s also Off the Shelf over the next few weeks where there are not only events around the city dedicated to literature but there are specific ones themed around Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Which is one of my favourite books of all time, you should definitely read.

    It’s not all about Halloween though! October marks Black History Month where important events will be held to celebrate and inform:

    At the HUBS there’s a screening of Black Panther (sick film) on the 22nd in the stage.

    And there's the Black History Debate Night a debate held by different societies in the common room on the 25th.

    There’s a lot more going on at the HUBS for Black History Month and just in general, which you can find here.

    There’s also Oktoberfest which’ll be a riot. If going out is what you’re after there are more than a few nights happening around the city, with Halloween themes, including an Abba Halloween night at Bungalows and Bears and a Michael Jackson - Thriller meets Club Tropicana night at The Leadmill, which I will be attending dressed as something delightfully ghoulish and 80s themed.

    Whatever you decide to do there’s plenty to feast on this October. I myself will be found curled up in bed with a hot chocolate and a muffin that has ghost icing on it (I’m a child), watching The Shining and my other fave horrors on repeat and yes, the Shrek Halloween special will be included. Have a happy Halloween!

  • Thu 18 Oct 2018 11:55

     

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    By Jess Brown

    Author, Franz Kafka once wrote “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” I think that’s beautiful. I love books but honestly I don’t read as much as I’d like. I’m on an art course so it’s recommended but not required and I’m also a very picky reader. If something doesn’t grab me within the first few pages then I usually give up. It can’t be too long either, or too short. It most likely has to be fiction, teach me things about life and society and also be written with a prose that is absolutely peng. A prose that also makes my face quite literally sink into the book. Quite a tricky mixture to get right huh?

    Trying to convince most uni students to read books in their personal time is also difficult, like trying to convince a bear to be vegetarian. It’s just not going to work so stop trying, Jess. Bears aren’t friends of vegetables. They eat fish and meat and occasionally people… Anyway unless you like reading you’re probably going to be busy and stressed out from reading all of your course books. I’ve had a relationship with an English Lit student, I’ve seen the reading list it’s something I would personally describe as “daunting”. That’s a good word. It can be daunting having the literal weight of your uni books on your shoulders so It’s perfectly understandable to have a disdain for reading in general.

    However! Going back to that quote from Kafka, I’m going to say that sometimes educational books can create frozen seas within us. They can cause us to become tired and unmotivated. For those who do like reading, there’s only so much Netflix and TV can provide in terms of escapism. So to stop you being put off reading all together, I’d recommend taking a time out to look after yourself and read something that acts as the axe. Something you enjoy. Books have this amazing ability to just crack open your mind and show us different perspectives of viewpoints from around the world.

    Whether its poetry by Rupi Kaur, an old weird classic by Murakami or something no one has ever heard of by whatstheirname. Whatever genre you’re into if you’re into reading then it’s important to read something for you. It can act as a form of self care instead of being a heavy slog or a chore. I find nothing more relaxing than some chill music, a cup of coffee and a good book (mine’s usually a classic sci-fi dystopian thing with an unhappy ending).

    If you are struggling to find something to read or are interested in books and culture, this month in Sheffield is Off the Shelf, an amazing literary festival with loads of cool events happening around the city.

    http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/events/

  • Fri 12 Oct 2018 12:06

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    By Lauren O'Donoghue

    What Is Oktoberfest?

    Beer and Bavaria

    The word ‘Oktoberfest’ instantly brings some images to mind - people in Lederhosen drinking steins of beer, pretzels, oompah bands - but what is this annual Bavarian festival really about?

    The History of Oktoberfest

    On the 12th of October 1810 King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and they invited all the citizens of Munich to celebrate their nuptials in the fields near the city gate. Horse races were held, food and drink was served, and choirs performed music. This extended wedding party became the first annual Oktoberfest.

    In subsequent years more attractions were added - an agricultural fair, carnival booths and games such as skittles were offered to the public. However, it was almost 100 years before some of the features we now associate with Oktoberfest were introduced; Bratwurst sausages were first sold in 1881, and glass mugs for beer were not introduced until 1892.

    Today, millions of people every year attend the Munich Oktoberfest, and millions of litres of beer are consumed. Many other towns and cities around the world have adopted the tradition, hosting their own Oktoberfest celebrations.

    Oktoberfest Facts

    • Bavarian tradition is at the heart of the festival, and only beer brewed within the city limits is served at Munich Oktoberfest

    • In the last 200 years the festival has been cancelled 24 times - reasons included the outbreak of war and cholera epidemics

    • Albert Einstein worked as an electrician at the festival in 1896

    • Paris Hilton was permanently banned from the Munich Oktoberfest after she attended the festival in 2006 to promote a brand of canned wine

    • Oktoberfest actually starts in September!

    Oktoberfest at SHSU

    This year Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union is hosting its very own Oktoberfest celebration! On Wednesday October 24th visitors to the Hideout bar will be able to purchase steins of beer or cocktails for £5 all day, sample Bavarian beer and grab free pretzels! They’re also offering a free drink to anyone who comes dressed in Lederhosen!

  • Fri 12 Oct 2018 10:20

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    By Lauren O'Donoghue 

    Going Green

    The vegan lifestyle has exploded in the last two years, with one survey suggesting that around 3 million people have adopted a plant-based diet since 2016.

    There are a number of reasons that people might choose to go vegan. Concerns for animal welfare, the environment and personal health are some of the most common motivations for choosing to ditch animal products.

    What is Veganism?

    Vegans follow a diet that excludes animal products - that means no meat, dairy, eggs, or other food derived from animals. Many vegans also cut out other animal by-products, such as leather, and avoid buying products that have been tested on animals.

    While many people believe that vegans are concerned mainly with animal welfare, a lot of vegans also have the environment in mind. The meat and dairy industries are huge contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and studies have suggested that going vegan is the best way for an individual to positively impact their carbon footprint.

    Myth-Busting

    There are a number of misconceptions surrounding vegan diets - most of which are untrue. Here are some of the most common:

    • ‘Being vegan is unhealthy’ - The British Dietetic Association has stated that ‘...well-planned plant-based, vegan-friendly diets can be devised to support healthy living at every age and life-stage.’

    • ‘Vegan food is expensive’ - While some vegan alternatives can be more expensive than their animal product counterparts, it’s still totally possible to eat vegan on a budget. After all - meat is expensive! The Vegan Society has some great tips for following a plant-based diet on the cheap.

    • ‘Vegan food is boring’ - This is far from the truth! As veganism has become more popular, the range of creative meals and recipes available online has grown massively. Check out the Bosh and Thug Kitchen websites for recipes like Burrito Burgers, Jalapeno Popper Mac n’ Cheese and Cookie Dough Protein Bites!

    Not Just Houmous

    As the number of vegans in the UK has grown, supermarkets and restaurants have begun to respond to the increased demand for vegan options. Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket, launched their entirely vegan ‘Wicked Kitchen’ range earlier this year, and many high-street restaurants such as Pizza Express and Wagamama now offer multiple plant-based menu items.

    Give It A Go

    Even if you don’t want to commit to a full-time vegan diet, cutting down on the amount of animal products you consume is good for the environment, your health and your wallet!

    It’s also now easier than ever before to eat vegan on campus. At Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union, Hideout now has a huge range of vegan burgers and sandwiches to choose from and Coffee Union is offering a number of options including vegan pizza!

    You can also  join the popular Vegan and Vegetarian Society - it’s only £3 for a year’s membership, and all members get a discount card that you can use at a number of vegan-friendly establishments.

    This year the Students’ Union is also hosting a Vegan Fair, with stalls offering vegan food, cosmetics and much more! The fair is on at The HUBS from 11am-4pm on Tuesday 16th October - check out the website for more details!

     

  • Thu 11 Oct 2018 11:48

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    *trigger warning for people with issues relating to being bullied, gender dysphoria, coming out and sexuality*

    By Jess Brown

    This is the story of my coming out(s) and if you’re in the closet, try not to let any unintentionally caused fear this may stir up stay with you. It’ll be different and hopefully positive when and if you decide to come out.

    I remember being nervously perched on the edge of my seat like a bird in an open cage waiting for the cat to leap in and gobble me all up. I’m bad at metaphors but hopefully you get the gist of the feeling I had when I was coming out the first time. I’ll explain the second time a little bit later on in this post. I felt like I was on a roller coaster at the bit where you sit just before a massive drop. Anticipation, nerves firing up, stomach churning, tongue twisted uncertainty ahead. Coming out isn’t just one event either. Sure some people are throwing parties for it now, but that’s not my style. For most of us it’s saying the same words over and over to different family members, friends, colleagues. That doesn’t even cover people you’re going to meet and have to tell in the future. It’s scary not knowing who is going to accept you. It’s a big weight to carry for sure and everyone’s coming out is different. My first time, it turned out, was expected. The main reactions to me being bi were either “I thought you were already” or “called it”. I was lucky to receive support from my family and friends even if I did, and still get, some confusion over it. “I just can’t imagine you doing stuff with a guy” is a common thing and I’m over here like “well mum and dad I don’t really want you to imagine that, so please stop”.

    To be fair by that point I had come to terms with what I was. It was something I’d known since I was 11 but had suppressed due to fear of being bullied at school. I was already getting bullied and didn’t want to have that pressure on me increased. I felt safer at 21 and more comfortable being me. I had been out of school a while and had managed to somehow find a group of friends who loved me for the oddball that I am. When I finally let it out to them and my family it was such a weight off of my shoulders. I breathed a bit easier. With fresh eyes I could go out into the world and explore that side of me more.

    There was still something off though. Something I was ignoring… Biting at the back of my brain. I’d not been fully honest with myself or them. Over the course of 2016 and early 2017 I realised with the help of some friends that I had issues with my gender and had had them for a while. After some discussions with doctors I was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. I hated my body and felt so trapped inside it, I wanted to be female more than anything which lead me through some tough times and some very difficult conversations with friends and family. Especially when I changed my name to Jess. Coming out as trans was way harder for me than coming out as bi was. For the most part I was accepted but I got a lot of denials from people and a lot of vigorous questioning too. I got told a lot that it was all in my head and it wasn’t real. True it was happening in my head but it wasn’t delusion. It was a truth to me. It hurts still that some people haven’t been able to accept that it’s who I am. Especially when it doesn’t affect them massively. Calling me Jess is the only thing I’ve ever asked. Not that it’s a bad thing to ask for pronouns to be changed but I’ve never asked that of anyone. Just Jess, and some people still deny me that.

    The point is, it was very hard and some of my family still don’t acknowledge it or accept it. I deal with that by ignoring them or arguing a lot. It’s kind of a stab in the heart when anyone calls me by my boring birth name but they don’t know any better. I’ve tried educating them on empathy but it just doesn’t really go in. I know the majority accept me for who I am, and my friends are all really understanding about it even if they struggle with my chosen name. My situation’s a little easier now thanks to the support I’ve had. I’ve learnt to accept it and don’t really see myself as a boy or a girl, I’m more in between and not needing of a label now. It’s not that my body still doesn’t feel right, it’s more that I have to live with this whilst I wait to get seen by a psychiatrist (the waiting list is long) so I have come to a medium about it. Gotta cope somehow. I’m Jess and that’s what matters.

    So, they’re the two times I’ve had to come out. One went fairly well and one was mixed and is still developing. Extremely slowly. I hope if you’re reading this that you have/have had a positive experience coming out and if you’re worried or scared about it these links might be useful to you. Remember to try and stay safe and more importantly stay true to you.

    Useful Links:

    Advice and Support or LGBT+ at Sheffield Hallam University

    Contact details for Sheffield Hallam Students Union LGBT+ Students Rep Kirstie Rutter

    Say It 

  • Thu 11 Oct 2018 11:43

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    By Abbie Dodson

    The Office for National Statistics claims that only 1.5% of individuals identify as gay, lesbian and bisexual in the UK, despite the Kinsey report concluding that the figure is actually 10%. This suggests that there is a preeminent taboo surrounding non-heterosexuality, and that people across the UK ignore their sexuality in order to avoid stigmatisation. These issues particularly affect individuals from older generations, or those who live in more conservative parts of the United Kingdom. National Coming Out Day aims to remove these issues as much as possible, and to stop stigmatisation surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.

    The 31st National Coming Out Day is taking place this year. The celebration of the LGBTQ+ community also intends to raise awareness surrounding sexuality and discrimination. Alongside perpetuating this sense of LGBTQ+ pride, the event encourages individuals to come out as being a member of the LGBTQ+ community, or as an ally. Coming Out day aims to encourage those who are hiding their true sexuality to publically celebrate it. Whilst this is such an empowering concept, in practice, “coming out” isn’t always an option, and can be problematic in many respects. With more than one in five LGBTQ+ individuals being verbally or physically attacked as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity over the last year, “coming out” can be dangerous.

    At Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union’s LGBT+ Representative, Kirstie Rutter, urges anybody who feels pressured by Coming Out Day to Remember that coming out is optional, and that you do not have to do it. Kirsty urges that you only come out if you feel safe and comfortable, advising that “if you have been pressured into coming out please come and talk to us, and we can put you in touch with amazing groups and services or just be someone to talk to and confide in”. 

    With India officially decriminalising homosexuality after 24 years of legal challenges we are making global progression regarding attitudes towards sexuality. Over the last 200 years, an increasing amount of countries have made similar decisions, allowing people to marry a person of the same gender, and host Gay Pride events. However, some countries seem to be going in the opposite direction by introducing new laws strengthening existing penalties for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Last year during a police raid at a hotel in Lagos State in Nigeria, over 40 men were arrested for participating in homosexual acts, facing up to 14 years imprisonment.

    Nigera has also outlawed same-sex marriages, gay groups, and shows of same-sex public affection. Russia has recently introduced a new legislation which aims to prevent anybody under the age of 18 receiving any information about homosexuality. This law sees any adult who disperses such information issued with a fine. Whilst Coming Out Day has the best intentions, individuals who live in these societies would be endangering themselves by making their sexuality known, risking violence, imprisonment, and homelessness. It is important to acknowledge this when encouraging people to “come out of the closet”. Even for individuals who live in LGBTQ+ approving societies, “coming out” is often a monumental milestone. Even though wider society is accepting of this community, coming out can often have adverse effects within the individual’s social and family structure. A national survey of 760 students, indicated that within the microcosm of school, students who are gay, or are thought to be gay are the most likely group to be bullied . In a sample of nearly 3,500 students aged thirteen to eighteen, one-third of students reported that their peers are frequently harassed because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation. Coming Out can also cause issues within families. During an interview with The Colorado Springs Independent, 24-year-old Lewis Hines discussed his fear of coming out as a transgender man to his extended family for fear of emotional abuse.

    Even in a safe environment, it is also crucial that the individual who is considering coming out is personally ready to make that decision. In an interview with The Independent, Molly stated that it took her three years to come out as gay, primarily telling her friends, and then her family. After interviewing several members of the LGBTQ+ community at Sheffield Hallam University, I have been advised that coming out is more of a process, opposed to a single act that can be undertaken in one day, as Coming Out Day intends. Within the Students’ Union, there are many resources made available to you if you need support regarding your sexuality. At the Hubs, The Advice Centre is available for free, confidential advice. Sheffield Charity, SAYiT also work with young LGBTQ+ people to provide support around LGBT+ life, sexual health, HIV and mental wellbeing. SAYiT offers one-to-one sessions and group meetings to discuss these issues and help resolve any issues plaguing the LGBTQ+ community.

    When LGBTQ+ Sheffield Hallam students were asked what advice they would give to people feeling overwhelmed by coming out day, they said:

    “Every experience is different – don’t compare. Take time to do things in your own way, and take advantages of the resources available.”

    “You don’t have to come out to everyone at once. You don’t have to come out at all if you don’t feel ready. It’s difficult to find the right thing to say, so make sure it’s someone you really trust and feel comfortable with”.

     Coming Out Stories - Jess Brown

  • Wed 10 Oct 2018 14:30

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    By Lauren O'Donoghue

    Talking About Mental Health

    Mental health is becoming an increasingly high-profile issue in the UK, with stories about cuts to NHS services frequently making the headlines. The government has recently come under fire for the length of time people with mental health problems have to wait for treatment, with some waiting up to two years to receive the help they need.

     

    The problem is particularly prevalent amongst young people. One in ten children and young people are affected by a mental health issue, and over a quarter of university students have reported experiencing mental health problems. These figures are even higher among BAME and LGBT+ groups.

     

    The most commonly occuring mental health problems in young people include depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and eating disorders, although this is by no means an exhaustive list.

     

    Even though these issues are fairly common, there is still a level of stigma surrounding mental illness. Worryingly, more than half of young people believe that they would be treated differently and lose friends if they were diagnosed with a mental illness.

     

    Early Intervention Is Important

    Sadie Charlton is a qualified occupational therapist working at Door43, a mental health scheme set up by the youth charity Sheffield Futures. “We know that mental health does usually rear up in these early years between the ages of 13 and 25, and actually that early intervention is required to prevent things from escalating in people’s adult years,” she said.

     

    However, despite the worrying statistics around mental health in young people, Charlton believes that people are paying more attention to these issues than ever before. “I think the stigma is slowly becoming reduced,” she said. “More people are speaking out, there’s more media involvement in mental health.”

     

    Door43 is one of many organisations aiming to support young people with their mental health. As well as offering a relaxed, judgement-free environment where people can discuss their issues, they also provide practical assistance such as helping with benefit claim applications and referrals to counselling.

     

    With formal support becoming increasingly difficult to access, these kinds of early intervention and ongoing support services are invaluable for young people who are struggling with their mental health. Often, just having a place where they can go to talk provides a welcome emotional touchstone. This is where volunteers come in.

     

    How To Get Involved

    People who volunteer at organisations like Door43, running activities or simply acting as a listening ear, can provide much-needed support to young people with mental health problems. This kind of work makes a really positive impact - not only on the wellbeing of the service user, but the volunteer as well.

     

    “As a volunteer you get to support young people with their mental health, and in turn it’s going to give you a purpose,” Charlton said. “By doing volunteering you’re giving back to other people, and naturally that’s going to boost your own self esteem. It’s going to add to your wellbeing as well.”

     

    If you’re interested in supporting people with their mental health, there are loads of opportunities available through Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. As well as helping you to find regular volunteering roles or one-off opportunities with local charities, the Volunteering Team can also provide support and guidance if you want to organise a fundraiser or arrange an event.

     

    Here are just a few of the many brilliant local mental health charities you could get involved with...

     

    Door43

    Door43 provides support on emotional, mental and sexual health issues for young people in Sheffield. As well as one-to-one help and guidance they also run a weekly Wellbeing Cafe with free refreshments, activities and informal support.

     

    Website: https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/i-need-help/door43/

     

    Sheffield Mind

    The Sheffield branch of the national charity, Sheffield Mind offers a variety of services to people in the city struggling with mental health issues. They can provide counselling, peer support, budget advice and much more. There are loads of ways to fundraise for the organisation, including selling Mind stress balls or arranging your own events.

     

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

     

    Sheffield Flourish

    Sheffield Flourish is a digital charity which collects and shares stories from people with mental health issues across the city. They provide a hub where people can find local activities and support groups and access online wellbeing tools. Volunteers might work as creative content producers or digital ambassadors for the organisation.

     

    Website: https://sheffieldflourish.co.uk

     

  • Mon 08 Oct 2018 10:46

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    By Lauren O'Donoghue

    Homelessness has been in the news a lot in the past few years. During the last UK election all of the major political parties mentioned homelessness in their manifestos, and Theresa May recently pledged to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027. It’s easy to see why this has become such a key issue in Parliament - homelessness is on the rise all across the country, and particularly outside of London. The number of rough sleepers has risen by 169% since 2010, and the number of homeless families and people in temporary accommodation has gone up by 60% since 2012.

     

    So why aren’t we talking about it? For many people, homelessness is still a taboo subject. A lot of us feel uncomfortable when we see people sleeping rough, and are not sure how to respond if we are asked for money by someone on the street. “A lot of people I think just wipe every homeless individual off as an alcoholic, as a druggie, who’s aggressive and who has basically not tried to do anything and has chosen their situation and isn’t worth their help,” said Emily Bowes, who works at Sheffield’s Cathedral Archer Project, a day centre for homeless and vulnerable adults. “I think that is the common stereotype that is kind of thrown upon homeless people, and obviously it’s wrong.”

     

    There are a number of reasons why a person might find themselves homeless. Relationship breakdowns are the most common cause, along with physical or mental health problems, substance abuse issues, bereavement, poverty, and unemployment. Every individual’s situation is different, and they all require different kinds of support and assistance to get back on their feet.
     

    When we imagine a person who is homeless, we often think of someone who is sleeping rough. Having to live in these sort of conditions can cause a huge range of physical and mental problems. As well as suffering from hunger, exposure and dehydration, homeless people also often feel invisible. Acknowledging rough sleepers can make a huge difference. “You can do that yourself walking down the street,” Bowes said. “Rather than just ignoring that person who says ‘hi, have you got any change?’, just saying ‘oh no, I’m really sorry, but how are you, are you okay, do you know you can go to the Archer Project?’ - you’ve made sure that they’re not invisible in that particular moment.”

     

    If you’re concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can also contact Street Link, a charity which connects rough sleepers with local services that can help them. If you see a person rough sleeping you can send a description and location through their website or free app, and they will do their best to provide assistance to that person.

     

    There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities available if you want to do more to help. Sheffield is home to a number of different charities supporting homeless people in the community, and there are a variety of ways you can get involved. Even actions that might seem small can make a big difference. "It has a huge impact, just coming in and being a smiling face and chatting to people," Bowes said. "You can’t mark that with anything, there’s no number you can put against that, it’s just an emotional feeling that has a huge impact on people's mental health. A smile costs nothing, but says a thousand words."

     

    If you’re interested in supporting homeless and vulnerable people, there are loads of opportunities available through the Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. As well as helping you to find regular volunteering roles or one-off opportunities with local charities, the Volunteering Team can also provide support and guidance if you want to organise a fundraiser or arrange an event.

     

    Here are just a few of the many brilliant local homelessness charities you could get involved with...

     

    Cathedral Archer Project

    The Cathedral Archer project is a day centre that has been providing care and support to homeless people in Sheffield since the 1980s. They offer hot food, showers and medical care for those in need, and also run an activities programme and an employment scheme. There are loads of volunteering opportunities available, from helping out in the day centre to ad hoc fundraising and donating clothes and food.

     

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

     

    St. Wilfrid’s Centre

    As well as operating a day centre and cafe, St Wilfrid’s Centre also offers personal development activities, welfare services and day trips for homeless, vulnerable or socially excluded adults. They also have an allotment, where many of their activities take place. There are a number of volunteering roles to get involved with, from administration to greeting clients.

     

    Website: https://www.stwilfridscentre.org/home

     

    Roundabout

    Roundabout is a charity providing support, shelter and skills to young people in Sheffield who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They can help with a variety of issues including housing, employment and substance abuse. Ways to support Roundabout include attending events, fundraising, and even helping out with the gardening!

     

    Website: http://www.roundabouthomeless.org

     

    Don't forget to also take a look at our Volunteering Fair on Monday 15th October in Hallam Hall 10am-4pm, there are loads of great organisations attending to help you find your perfect volunteering opportunity! Check out the details here: https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/ents/event/2720/ 

  • Wed 03 Oct 2018 17:07

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  • Fri 14 Sep 2018 11:35

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    Scotland’s picturesque capital city is a popular tourist destination. Thousands of people visit every year for the popular Fringe Festival - which sold over 2.5 million tickets in 2017! - but there’s plenty to see and do outside of the festival season as well.

     

    National Museum of Scotland

    One of the most visited museums in the world, the National Museum of Scotland is home to a fascinating and diverse range of exhibits. Whether you’re interested in the natural world, history or science, there’s something for everyone to discover.

     

    Website: https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/

     

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    The buildings and grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art are beautiful enough in themselves; not to mention the huge range of artwork inside! Work from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Tracy Emin are on display in the permanent collection, and there are always a number of temporary exhibitions to explore too.

     

    Website: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/scottish-national-gallery-modern-art

     

    Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    If the weather is on your side, why not take a stroll around the Royal Botanic Garden? It’s close to the city centre, and covers over 70 acres. There’s plenty to see, from giant redwood trees to an authentic Victorian Glasshouse, and it’s a great place to relax away from the city centre.

     

    Website: http://www.rbge.org.uk/the-gardens/edinburgh

     

    The Writers’ Museum

    A number of authors have hailed from Scotland’s capital, and the Writers’ Museum pays tribute to three of the most famous - Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. The museum contains personal memorabilia, portraits, rare books and more.

     

    Website: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/writers-museum

     

    Waverley Mall

    Located near historic Princes Street with its view of Edinburgh Castle, Waverley Mall is a great place to do some shopping in the city. There’s a huge range of high street and independent stores to browse, as well as restaurants and cafes for refreshments.

     

    Website: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/writers-museum

     

    Facts About Edinburgh

    • Edinburgh’s ancient castle was built on top of an extinct volcano!
    • JK Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter in Edinburgh, and was inspired heavily by the local architecture and landscape
    • The first municipal fire service in the world was founded in Edinburgh in 1824
    • The first Encyclopaedia Britannica was produced in Edinburgh - and was originally thought to be quite racy! The anatomy section caused controversy as it contained “unvarnished portrayals of the unmentionable parts of the human body”
    • One of the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo - fantastically named Sir Nils Olav - is the Colonel-in-Chief and mascot of the Norwegian Royal guard. Sir Nils is the world’s only knighted penguin!

     

    This year Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union is running a trip to Edinburgh on 16th November 2018 as part of their Give It A Go Scheme. 

    Book your tickets here

  • Fri 07 Sep 2018 15:40

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    1. When you become a student at Sheffield Hallam, you automatically become a member of your Students' Union. We are one big happy family here!

    That's right, the moment you accept your offer at Sheffield Hallam Uni, you automatically become a member of Sheffield Hallam Students' Union. Welcome to the family! 

     

    2. We have a FREE shuttle bus for Hallam students that goes between City and Collegiate campuses

    This is a firm favourite with our students! Hallam students kept asking for a shuttle bus that runs between City and Collegaite campus and your Student Officers made it happen! This brings me on to my next point...

    3. The Students' Union is headed by 5 full time Student Officers

    Every year your Students' Union holds an Election where you, the students, vote in the students that you want to represent you during your time at Hallam. If you want to take on the role of representing 35,000 students and leading a multi-million pound organisation, make sure to nominate yourself when nominations open in January. In the meantime if you want to learn more about this or anything else, just pop in and ask us! Our building (pictured above) is pretty hard to miss!

    4. We jointly run a safe taxi scheme with City Taxis because our students' safety is paramount! 

    If you ever find yourself out late with no money on you, don't walk home and risk your safety, simply call City Taxis and quote the 'safe taxi scheme'. You will need to give the driver your student card, which you can collect 48 hours later from the Students' Union in exchnage for your cash payement.

    5. You can get FREE printing at the Students' Union

    Yup that's right. You simply need to download the printt app and then send your documents to print! It's easy peasy!

    6. Your Students' Union offers halal food

    No need to miss out when all your friends are eating that juicy hotdog because you can enjoy our equally juciy halal version! 

    7. We have a multi-faith prayer room in the Students' Union

    It is located towards the back of the Students' Union and is open to all faiths. A member of reception staff can show you to it if you don't know where to find it.

    8. Your Students' Union shop is your one stop shop for all things Hallam branded! We sell everything from gym gear to hoodies and everything else in between!

    The Stall is our Students' Union clothing shop where you can get all your Hallam branded merch from. You can buy hoodies, t-shirts, gym gear, bags, baseball caps and so much more! The Stall is also the box office for Varsity tickets.

    9. You can get food and drink pretty cheap from Hideout and Coffee Union - our bar and coffee shop

    You just need to check out Hideout and Coffee Union's menus and your mouth will start watering! Make sure to get down here and try it out. 

    10. We are a social enterprise

    This means that the money you spend in Coffee Union, Hideout and other services goes back into helping your Students' Union provide the services that you want.

    11. We sell and print Totum cards (formerly known as NUS Extra cards) at the Students' Union so you can start saving straight away! 

    Just in case you are aware, the NUS Extra card has had a bit of a brand refresh. It is now called totum and looks like the above. This is one of the most valuable purchases that you will make during your time at uni. The good news is you no longer have to order it online and wait for the postman to deliver it, because we print them at the Students' Union so you can buy your card and walk away with it within minutes! 

    12. We have laptops in the HUBS that all students can loan out

    These laptops are located in the Students' Union on the first floor. To borrow a laptop all you need is your SHU card. It couldn't be easier! 

    13. We have a free and independent Advice Centre

    The Student Advice Centre, located upstairs on the first floor, is a service worth knowing about. If you ever have any problem what so ever, no matter how big or small, they can help you with it. It is also worth noting that the Student Advice Centre is a hate crime reporting centre too, so if you see it, say it and we'll sort it.

    14. We are NOT the university

    We are in fact two separate entities that often work together because at the end of the day, you (our students), are at the centre of both our worlds.

    15. The opportunities are endless with your Students' Union

    When we say they are endless, we really do mean it! We have so much to offer all our students, no matter what you are in to. We have hundreds of volunteering opportunities for you to try out, we have students jobs, we having some cracking nights on in Hideout every week, we have a load of FREE training courses that you can sign up to, hundreds of socieites for you to join, student placements, you can run the Students' Union and get paid for it! The list could honestly go on and on! Get in touch with us to see how you can beneift from your Students' Union!

  • Wed 25 Jul 2018 15:13

    Suitcase

    Pack Your Bags

    If you’re moving away from home for the first time, packing for university can seem a little intimidating - but don’t worry! We’ve put together a checklist of essentials so you can be sure you have everything you need.

    We've also put together a printable version of this checklist - download it here!

     

    Clothes

    While it might be tempting to take your entire wardrobe with you, try and only take the clothes you need. You might not have that much storage space, and you can always pick up more things when you visit home. Make sure you have plenty of comfy clothes for long days on campus as well as things to wear on nights out!

    • Socks and underwear
    • Everyday clothes
    • Warm jumpers/hoodies
    • Coats (at least one waterproof)
    • Pyjamas
    • Going out clothes
    • Shoes
    • Accessories
    • Bags

    Toiletries

    You might decide to stock up on these essentials when you get to Uni instead of bringing them with you, but it’s still important to make sure that you’re not missing anything. Make sure you have a good supply of any medication that you need, and find out where you can stock up soon after you arrive.

    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Shower gel
    • Shampoo
    • Deodorant
    • Hairbrush/Hair products
    • Sanitary products
    • Makeup
    • Skincare
    • Razors/Shaving cream
    • Medication
    • Plasters
    • Painkillers

    Homeware/Kitchenware

    Every halls is different, so if you’re able to visit before you move make sure to take a note of what furniture and utensils are provided and what you need to bring with you (particularly kitchen supplies). It’s still a good idea to bring some of your own crockery - it can prevent arguments about whose washing up is in the sink!

    • Duvet/pillows/covers
    • Laundry basket
    • Wastepaper basket
    • Coat hangers
    • Clothes horse
    • Crockery
    • Basic kitchen equipment (optional)

    Personal Things

    While you don’t need to bring all of your keepsakes with you, it can be comforting having a few little reminders of home around you.

    • Photos
    • Soft toys
    • Books

    Electronics

    While packing electronics, don’t forget to make sure you have any necessary chargers, extension cables and batteries for them. Invest in a surge protected extension lead to make sure you have enough available plug sockets in your room.

    • Laptop
    • TV/Game console
    • Chargers
    • Extension cables/Power extension leads
    • Alarm clock
    • Hairdryer/Straighteners

    Documents

    Keep all of your important paperwork together so you can find it easily - pick up a cheap folder or box file you can store things in.

    • Passport/Driver’s Licence
    • Bank statements
    • University paperwork
    • Accommodation information
    • SFE Paperwork
    • Medical paperwork
    • Visa/travel documents (for International Students)

    Stationary

    Even if you’re planning on using a laptop to take notes in class, it’s still a good idea to have a supply of stationary on hand just in case.

    • Notebooks
    • Pens
    • Diary

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  • Wed 25 Jul 2018 14:58

    Cooking at Uni

    For many new students, cooking for themselves is a totally new experience. It’s no coincidence that the phrase ‘student food’ usually brings to mind instant noodles and cereal for dinner! But cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive or time-consuming, and  at the end of a long day on campus there’s nothing better than a home cooked meal.

    We’ve put together recipe cards for five simple, versatile meals that you can make easily on a budget - and a blank one so you can start building your own recipe collection! Print them out and keep them in your kitchen so they’re right there when you need them.

    All these recipes feed four hungry people (if you want to be the most popular person in halls!) but they can be halved easily for smaller portions.

    You can download a printable version of these recipe cards (plus a blank one for your own kitchen creations) here!

    Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe Card

    Thai Green Curry Recipe

    Veggie Fajitas Recipe Card

    Leek and Potato Soup Recipe Cards

    Apple Crumble Recipe Card

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