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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

A big thank you to Radio Sheffield listeners

Radio Sheffield sent a reporter to Ben’s centre during the recent snowy weather to record an interview with myself and clients views on rough sleeping in the extreme cold. Catherine the reporter spoke Keith who has slept outside throughout the last 4 weeks of snow, ice and minus temperatures. He was a real star and his words touched many who heard the piece on Radio. He spoke from his heart about what he was experiencing and he didn’t complain or blame anyone he was realistic about the fact that his circumstances where due to his chronic alcohol dependency. He went on to say that he often goes and sits by the River Don and watches the wild life, the ducks and the birds and thinks to himself that they survive in the cold weather so why can’t he, and then he thinks, “but I’m human.” Radio Sheffield is going to rerun Keith’s interview on the 30th December between 10-11am on Radio Sheffield.

On the back of the interview we have had a number of people come to the centre and donate warm clothing including coats which we were desperately in need of. So we would like to say a really big thank you to everyone who has thought about the centre and our clients needs and donated clothing.

Ben’s Centre is closing today until January 4th, the Christmas project HARC (Homeless & Roofless at Christmas) will be open at the Broom Hall Community centre from 9.30am-7.30pm from Christmas Eve until 3rd January.