The News

Read, write and be happy!

Are you aged 50 or over and interested in getting out, meeting new people and perhaps learning a new skill? Then our Biscuit Club might be for you!

Every Wednesday, from 10am-12 noon, we are holding a Biscuit Club. Come along for a cup of tea, a chat, make new friends and also explore new books with others.

The Biscuit Club is being held at Newfield Green Library, Gleadless Road, Sheffield S2 2BT. For more information, contact Julie Pass on 0114 265 7093 or 0114 239 8946 (Thursdays).


New term, new language skills....Conversation Club on Fridays

Our Conversation Club is taking place on Fridays at the Valley View Community Hub, from 11am-12.30pm. Come along and practise your English with others over a cup of tea!

Valley View Community Hub, 181 Blackstock Road, Sheffield S14 1FX. for more information, contact Julie Pass on 0114 265 7093 or on 0114 239 8946 (Thursdays).


Do you want to get back to work or find a job with more hours?

If so, join us for a relaxed cuppa and chat with staff from Reach South Sheffield's Employment Support Team, Homestart's Volunteering Programme, Job Centre Plus and the Children's Centre on Friday 22 September, from 9.30am-11.30am.

No need to book, just drop in! You will find us at Newfield Green Library, Gleadless Road, Sheffield S2 2BT.


Celebrating learners' successes in south Sheffield

Learners in south Sheffield celebrated success together at the Festival of Learning held at Sheffield Town Hall recently.

More than 100 learners from across Sheffield attended the annual event on 28 June, hosted by Lifelong Learning Skills and Communities, which celebrated outstanding achievement in learning.  A number of awards were presented during the evening, including six awards to learners who have attended Reach South Sheffield's courses.

Awards were presented to:

Michele Green

Enrolling on an IT course has been life changing for Michele. She has gained skills and knowledge that she never thought would be possible. Overall, her commitment to the course has resulted in vastly improved self-confidence, knowing she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. Michele also won Learner of the Year Third Prize for her commitment to learning.

Alfonsina Sunda

Alfonsina has English as a second language and is attending ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) for beginners. She is attending Cooking for All and a Food, Mood and Healthy Eating course, as she is keen to learn about British recipes. It also allows her to practise her English.

Alfred Nagbe

Alfred has shown real commitment to his ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) course through the amount of revision has has done at home in preparation for his examinations.

David Shannon

David was referred by his advisor at the Job Centre to the Sheffield's Working Well Pathways Programme at Manor and Castle Development Trust. David wanted to enhance his IT skills and has some learning challenges, so his Employment Support Worker, Michael Mckeown, referred him to Reach Community Learning to start appropriate training.

Michael (Mike) Littlewood

David Shannon's learning mentor and a local resident, Mike has completed all of the ICT courses offered (with the same tutor), so was able to explain in detail to David wnat the tasks required and how to complete them. Mike's experience in social care has given him a calm, reassuring manner which has played a huge role in helping David settle into the group so well.

Wesley Peters

Wesley is a Learning Champion at Reach Community Learning. He has completed ECDL, destop publishing and ITQ imaging software courses. Recently, he trained as adult education tutor and now delivers PC maintenance courses in Sheffield.

The Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England. It highlights the benefits of learning and celebrates the achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives. For more information, visit


Calling all men over 50.....

Do you like working with wood? Are you interested in meeting new people and sharing your skills? If so, pop into to our pop-up shed because we need you!

Reach has teamed up with volunteering initiative Timebuilders (run by the St Mary's Centre), to set up weekly workshops at Gaunt Shops. Starting on Thursday 20 July 2017, the Gaunt Shops Makers Group will meet at 9am every Thursday until the end of September, to make benches and flower beds from waste timber to breathe new life into the Gaunt Shops area.

The sessions will take place at 181 Blackstock Road. For more details, contact James on 0114 223 0240.