Ben's Centre is 21!!

That’s right folks Ben’s centre have been supporting the vulnerable adults in Sheffield for 21 years! We have a series of events and activities going on to mark the momentous occasion. First up we have designed and built an exhibit to be installed in Weston Park Museum and we would like you to see it!

The piece revolves around our work with the homeless and our partnerships with the many fine agencies in Sheffield. We will be opening the exhibit on 16th October at 2pm with the help of John Shuttleworth who is a patron of Ben’s Centre and has been chomping at the bit to cut the ribbon and see us through and into our 22nd year of service.

We hope you can attend the opening ceremony but if you cannot make it don’t worry, the exhibit will be there for plenty of time!

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Fund raising

This year has seen a number of public fund raising ventures to help us to do what we do; some of these include an entrant in Sheffield half marathon who raised almost £700! Also one friend of Ben’s almost reached £100 just to stay alcohol free for a month! Is there something you could do to help us to generate funds in these turbulent times? Get in touch if you want to challenge yourself and do your bit for the vulnerable people in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Funding

We are lucky enough to have been running a female specific outreach service for the last six months. This has been made possible by funding from South Yorkshire's Police and Crime commissioner and we are most grateful. Nobody has an easy time on the streets but women have a number of complex issues and pitfalls that need sensitivity, professionalism and support to tackle. 

Bens Centre Outreach Team

Bens Centre Outreach Team

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sheffield-map-aug-2010.gif Bens Centre are out four days a week around the city centre offering support to some of the most vulnerable people in the city. If  you see some one that looks like they might be in need of some support you can call us on 07771897086 and we endeavour to see then that day. Bens Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Thank you

Bens Centre on BBC Radio Sheffield (again)

Bens Centre on BBC Radio Sheffield (again)

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partridge_1-large_trans++ZgEkZX3M936N5BQK4Va8RWtT0gK_6EfZT336f62EI5UThis morning Bens Centre was involved in a live on air debate regarding the issue of Anti-Social behaviour on West Street. The debate was sparked by the recent decision to grant another license on the street to sell alcohol 24 hours a day. The hearing on Thursday was attended by a number of groups objecting to the license based on the current levels of anti-social behaviour and crime in the area. Unfortunately due to way licenses are granted it was impossible to block this application, we were able however to make the council hear our voice and we were able to get them to agree to look at the proposed 'Alcohol Saturation Zone' of the area which mean we are better able to control the area from a health perspective.

We also managed to build a great dialogue with the retailer that intend to trade with the new licence, Aslan himself attended the meeting and as a gesture offered to reduce the hours of sale, making the sale of alcohol in his new shop would start at 9am not the proposed 7am. He agreed it would make very little difference to his business, but was very aware what a difference that would make to Bens clients. We have agreed to continue a dialogue with Aslan as he appears as keen as us to sort out this problem.

This discussion will be continuing tomorrow at the SRSB building just of west street at 6:30 pm, all welcome.

If you missed the debate this morning, follow the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03x0fhd

 

A big Thank You to Lily & Jess.

A big Thank You to Lily & Jess.

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Whole-courtyardlage The current situation for our clients at Bens Centre is as challenging as ever, the work we are being asked to do is now very different in many ways from when Bens started 20 years ago, although sadly many of the circumstances are still exactly the same. Sheffield is one of the better cities at tackling social issues, and the services in sheffield are overall very good, as is the DACT. That said, we as a society still have a long way to go and it is pleasing to know that the wider community in sheffield are still willing to get involved and do their bit.

In February this year I was invited to speak to a group of Business Students at Sheffield University School of Management about having a look at our organisation and offering a different view of how to move forward and also raise the awareness of the current need in the city.

I was very honoured to be asked and felt this was a great opportunity to tap in to one of Sheffield’s resources of business talent, before they become too expensive for us… The pitch was difficult, Ive done lots of that sort of thing in my life, but during speaking to students it became clear that we don’t have a product as such nor was I able to speak about the subject in a way that was coherent due to feeling so strongly about the topic. Bens was up against some very well known brands and very well established organisations, all of which were worth while, and to be honest would have been a much easier project in my eyes. Fortunately I was able to struggle through and from the feedback it sounds like not everyone realised that I was struggling to hold it together, maybe they weren’t all listening?..

Incredibly I was contacted by two students that wanted to take the challenge. After a couple of meetings and a number of emails back and forth, silence… Then a week before the presentation of the findings, the emails started again, a combination of excuses and questions, but I got the sense from both students that they had started to care more about this issue than just a means to achieving a good grade, this feeling turned out to be correct when the projects were presented.

The presentations by both students were fantastic, the level of understanding they had gleamed in a short space of time, combined with the unique and unusual way they both tackled the project gave us some new and interesting insights to Bens. They were both talking about people and community and not victims or addicts. Many of the ideas and recommendations are going to form part of the new approach Bens will be taking in the near future and the visions of both students will have a lasting positive impact on our work and ultimately our on our clients. There is a more detailed description of how each student approached the project on the Sheffield University Blog, please follow this link.

http://www.emits.group.shef.ac.uk/blog/?p=2822 On behalf of the Bens Centre team I wanted to thank Sheffield University for allowing us to be part of this project, and in particular Michael Frize, Programme Director for Business Management, and above all the two students who’s work is going to make such a difference to our project, Lily Robinson and Jessica Murray. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to our group, your projects were both excellent and we are looking forward to hearing about your continued successes.

Bens Centre benefits greatly from both University’s in sheffield and from the cities strong community spirit generally within businesses and organisations. We are always looking to hear from local groups or individuals that would like to be involved and feel they may have something to offer. There is a number of reasons for Bens Centre’s success over the years, one thing in particular is the innovative and creative approach taken in tackling this continuing issue, so even if you feel you don’t have much relevant experience in this area of work, we are sure your expertise in other areas could support us on a wider scale so get in touch.

TRAILBLAZER 10K Run

TRAILBLAZER 10K Run

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Bens are sending a team to run the Trailblazer 10k run in Clumber Park on the 28th of May to try and raise some funds for the centre. If you would like to sponsor us, you can donate through the usual methods on our site (if you could tag any donations 'trailblazer' so we can add it to our total.)

The link bellow is for the events website and has details of how you can come along to support us on the day.

Thank you

 

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http://ratrace.com/rwtrailblazer2016/

Star Wars

Star Wars

Last Friday 22nd Bens Centre went to the movies, Staff, Volunteers and Clients all went to the Curzon Cinema in sheffield. The group enjoyed the new Star Wars film, 'The force awakens' We just want to say a huge Thank You to everyone involved and especially to the Curzon for being so accommodating.

http://www.curzoncinemas.com/sheffield/info

 

Bens Auction Donations

Bens Auction Donations

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The donations continue to come in from the great and the good of Sheffield, amongst other things we have received match tickets from the worlds greatest football team and a signed album from The Arctic Monkeys. Thank you to all of you. (I know there is another team in Sheffield, and they have always been very supportive of our efforts and we are very grateful to them as well.)

More Thank you's

More Thank you's

We never fail to be surprised by how generous people are in sheffield, they have continued to support Bens and we are very grateful. A special thank you to Fairshare and Jennifer and Rebecca for the food and also Mott MacDonald for the donations, that contributed so much to our recent events and ongoing service.

Christmas 'Shoe Box' Thank You

Christmas 'Shoe Box' Thank You

A massive thank you to everyone that donated gifts for our clients this year, we received so many fantastic shoe boxes full of great treats that I know was very much appreciated by those that received them.  It was really lovely to see the messages that people wrote either in cards or on the boxes. A typical example is pictured above, its that kind of personal touch that makes these gifts very special. Thank you

Bens Christmas Meal at St Andrews Church 2015

Bens Christmas Meal at St Andrews Church 2015

Here are just a few of the pictures from the fantastic Christmas Meal we had just before Christmas, a massive thank you to everyone that came along. All the volunteers and staff that cooked the food, all the people that came to eat it and to Santa for taking time out to come and say hello...

A special thanks to Afro Magic for the amazing entertainment.

https://www.facebook.com/Afro-Magic-204498806253036/

 

Bens Christmas Dinner

Bens Christmas Dinner

kcKngA7xi We are having our Christmas meal at St Andrews Church, Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7RQ. From 11am-3pm. There will be gifts for all in Santa's Grotto, Christmas Jumpers and full Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings.

All clients past and present are welcome.

Give as you live

Give as you live

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http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/bens-centre-for-vulnerable-people-sheffield/ec133719 If you would like to donate to us through our new Give as you live page, please follow the link above.

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you

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At Bens Centre we are always grateful and humbled by the generosity of local people and groups in Sheffield. Recently we have received 2 donations that we would like to acknowledge. Thank you to Paula Marley who organised a winter warmer and rucksack appeal.

Thank you to the Emily Weircroft Charitable Trust for their generous donation.

Annual Report. AGM 2015

Annual Report. AGM 2015

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Annual Report 2014 for AGM 2015 11 Nov 2015 On November 11th 2015 we had our Annual General Meeting, the first at our new home. Thank you to all who attended and supported us on the day and to everyone involved with Bens this year. It has been an exceptionally challenging year with loosing premises and the changes in the social care budgets, both Bens and our clients have had to make major adjustments. The overall theme of discussion at the meeting was about the future of Bens service and how as an organisation we feel very positive about the development of our outreach team and day centre. Please click on the link to see the Annual Report for 2014.

Bens 20th birthday next year.

Bens 20th birthday next year.

IMG_4642 2016 will be the 20th year that Bens Centre has been supporting vulnerable people in Sheffield. To celebrate we will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the work done over those 20 years and to showcase the diverse talents of everyone involved with Bens.

We can't do it without your help.

We can't do it without your help.

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We get so many kind donations from groups and individuals, it would be impossible to thank everyone personally. We have received a considerable donation from Paul Grant Charitable Trust, Their support will allow us to support people through what is expected to be a very difficult winter. Thank you.

Ben's at LUSH Meadowhall Store opening.

Ben's at LUSH Meadowhall Store opening.

DSC01112 The fantastic support that LUSH give Ben's continued today at the opening of their new store in Meadowhall. A full post will be online soon, but we just wanted to say a big thank you to all involved and wish the Shop and the wonderful team the best of luck.

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