Free travel to Covid-19 vaccination site
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South Yorkshire Community Transport providers offer a free return journey to a Covid-19 vaccination site for priority groups

I am writing to advise you that Community Transport providers in our region have stepped in to offer a free return journey to a Covid-19 vaccination site to people from priority groups who cannot access public transport and have no other means to get there.

What is Community Transport?

Community Transport is a subsidised service, funded by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), which, for a small charge, normally provides an alternative solution for residents who may find it difficult to access standard public transport. Offering Door 2 Door ‘Dial-a-Ride’ and ‘Shopper Bus’ services, they are a lifeline for vulnerable members of the community.

During the national lockdown, while everyone has been advised to stay at home wherever possible, Community Transport operators have only been providing a limited Dial-a-Ride service for essential trips.  Therefore, we decided to use this vital resource to support people in need across South Yorkshire to travel to vaccination sites for free and support the region’s vaccination effort.

How can people book a free ride to and from a vaccination site?

All Community Transport services use fully accessible vehicles and can pick up passengers directly from their homes.

To book a free ride to and from a vaccination site with Door-2-Door services in South Yorkshire, passengers must call their local provider, once they have their vaccine appointment.  There is a dedicated service available for Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield as follows:

  • Barnsley Dial-a-Ride - 01226 732096
  • Doncaster Community Transport - 01302 342400
  • Rotherham Community Transport - 01709 517100
  • Sheffield Community Transport - 0114 285 9906

They should try to give as much notice as possible and at least one or two days before the journey itself. Operators will work hard to accommodate as many people as possible, but places are limited, and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

How is this being communicated to customers?

We are will be promoting this offer via our usual social media channels, a press release and on our website at

How you can help

It would be appreciated if you could please help by advising as many people as possible about this free service and how to register for their free booking through your online and social media channels, newsletters, or during any video calls you may have with priority groups.

Community Transport services normally run thousands of individual journeys every year and were considered essential by half of its users in a recent survey. To find out more about them, visit:

Lockdown walks from Nether Edge
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Are you bored with doing the same old walks every day during your daily Covid-19 exercise ?

Well, we have some interesting walks for you that can all be done from Nether Edge. Just click on the title and you can download a walk guide with map, detailed directions and photos of points of interest.

Sheffield Flourish
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 Feeling down during this difficult year?

So many of us are struggling right now

Our friendly team at the Sheffield Mental Health Guide are here to help you find out more about support services and activities in our city.

Give us a call, send us an email, or visit the website where there’s also a live ‘chat’ function, and we can talk through your options.

Meet some friendly faces online (and eventually in person too)

We’re all missing other people, which is why we are running free activities every weekday during lockdown. They’re fun activities, from art to singing to music, and anyone is welcome. To find out more please get in touch.

0114 273 7009 / – a guide to services and support in the city - free weekly online activities during lockdown

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Tier 3 walks from Nether Edge
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Are you bored with doing the same old walks every day during your daily Covid-19 exercise ?

Well, we have some interesting walks for you that can all be done from Nether Edge. Just click on the title and you can download a walk guide with map, detailed directions and photos of points of interest.

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Let's look forward to 2021 Bonfire Night
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A message from Tim Major of 72nd St Andrews Scout Group who normally light up Nether Edge every November.....

"Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first year in nearly three decades the Bonfire could not go ahead. As well as being a fantastic event enjoyed by the whole community, the Bonfire is the main fundraising event for the Scout Group.

We need your help!

In order to enable the Scout Group to continue to provide education, challenge and adventure to the young people of Nether Edge & Sharrow, and to ensure we can still put on the Bonfire in future, we're asking for your support. If you can, please visit our Crowdfunding page and contribute what you can......

We're hoping be back, bigger and better than ever in 2021!"

Abbeydale Street Trees news
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News of a fantastic fundraising cycle ride organised by Sisi, 15, and Hetty, 14, who are pupils at King Ecgbert's (off Abbeydale Road). They have pledged to cycle 12km up and down Abbeydale Road each day - whatever the weather - until they raise £500 to pay for a street tree along Abbeydale Road! 
We have raised over 4k now (3.8k on the crowdfunder and the rest through separate donations and t-shirt sales) but there is still a long way to go to hit our 15k target. We are busy hatching future plans but if anyone has any other fundraising ideas please do get in touch.
Also our t-shirts are selling fast so if anybody would like to buy one for £30 please send us an email.
That's all for now.
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Sharrow Covid Testing Centre
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New local testing site in Sharrow
Key messages:
  • Sheffield City Council is putting in place an additional three new local testing units to make testing easier and more accessible.
  • A site is opening near you, at Alderson Road Car Park in Sharrow.
  • Having a testing site in your local area does not mean there is more Covid-19 in that area than elsewhere
  • Testing sites have been cleared by the government; it is not dangerous to visit one or to have one in your local area.
  • Local GPs are also aware of this testing site.
  • We are aiming to encourage free testing for people in a household where they have any of the below symptoms: 
    • A high temperature
    • A new, continuous cough
    • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • If you develop symptoms then you must self-isolate immediately for at least 7 days, apart from to get tested. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.
  • If you need support when self-isolating you can ring the SCC Community Helpline on 0114 273 4567.  Lines are open 8:45 am to 4:45 pm.

How can I get an appointment?
People can book free testing online here    (it’s the top result if you google ‘NHS test’)  or call 119 from 7 am till 11 pm for either:
  • a drive through test
  • an appointment for a site test
  • or a post to home test
  •  When booking people will be given the option of appointment slots and site details.

    What should I expect when I attend a local testing unit?
  • The test is free of charge.
  • The swab test takes less than a minute and is pain free.
  • Results from tests taken at test sites are received the next day.
  • Your local GP will also receive a copy of the results.
  • Testing is available for all groups in society, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. We are continuously improving the testing service so that testing is accessible to all.
  • Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely
  • Book your test online at or call 119. Whilst we are able to accommodate un-booked attendance, for reasons of ensuring swab availability and for safety of attendees, we strongly recommend pre-booking.
  • Anyone testing positive for the virus in England will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to help them track their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission.
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