Please free Ivy from ‘prison’

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PENSIONER Ivy Hides feels a prisoner in her own home. And that is no exaggeration. For Stannington resident Ivy has only ventured out of her first floor flat once in the last four months.

When she moved there 14 years ago, she was much healthier and able to take on the stairs as often as needed.

But now, in her 90s, time has taken its toll and Ivy is pleading with housing chiefs to move her to ground floor premises.

We appreciate the difficulty faced by Sheffield Homes who need to balance the requests of several tenants at the same time.

And they have rules which need to be observed to ensure nobody feels they are being victimised or ignored.

But Ivy’s case surely deserves some compassion and extra understanding.

And we are sure that with a bit of will, a way could be found to make everyone reasonably happy - particularly Ivy, who should not be made to feel imprisoned in her own home.

Unconventional Donna’s a winner

FOR years she was on the front line in two city estates, handing out advice and condoms in equal measure. Donna Jones, legendary youth worker on the Manor and Wybourn estates, helped countless children as they grappled with the dilemmas of adolescence.

Demanding work, so when Donna hung up her boots, she could have been forgiven for taking it easy.

But anyone who ever encountered this whirlwind of positive energy knew she would be back. And so she is - armed with paintings, her own work, to give out on a daily basis, because she thinks everyone deserves access to art.

It’s typical Donna: unconventional, but with a heart of gold.

Guide to the future

WE constantly hear youngsters complain that there is nothing to do and, in particular, that there are no organisations or clubs to help them spend their spare time in a fruitful manner.

But, if that is so, what is the explanation for the South Yorkshire Girl Guide group which has only three members?

For generations, the scout and guide movement has entertained and enlightened young people and we are sure that it is as relevant today - and probably more necessary - than ever.

But the group is struggling to find enough members to keep it functioning.

If it closes it would be a terrible blow not only to the three young girls who steadfastly turn up for weekly sessions but also for all those dozens of other youngsters who have yet to discover the enjoyment of guiding.

We appeal to parents of any bored children in the area to encourage their youngster to get along to the next session. Who knows, it may be the first step to a lifetime of enjoyment.

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