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SHEFFIELD Information Link is one of those council-run services which few people know about. But when people do come into contact with it, they are almost invariably at a crisis point in their lives and are filled with heartfelt relief that they have finally found a welcoming and informed voice.

The service offers specialised information for children with disabilities as well as supporting health and child care workers. With 4,500 clients last year alone, and handling an astonishing 15,000 queries, it is clear that Sheffield Information Link is highly important to people in need.

News that it is to be closed as a consequence of cutbacks sweeping through the public sector has, understandably, led to an outcry and protest against the decision. A strong case is being made to keep it open. However, that could be said for every service

What has to be decided at this stage is not whether the service should or shouldn’t be axed but how the public can be served in the future.

Symbolic launch for woods charity

IT has something of a subdued reputation as one of Sheffield’s hidden gems. But Greno Woods is finally emerging into the full light of day. Symbolically this is happening just as the woods come alive with the first flush of spring.

A campaign has been launched to keep the woods open to the public through a project headed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham who have need to raise a million pounds.

They plan to put in place a conservation plan to protect its heritage and a management plan to secure its future.

These are ambitious proposals which will require a lot of hard work and much fund raising. But the group has shown a firm determination to succeed and we know readers will look forward to reading of progress on the scheme.

Our natural heritage is precious and we are delighted there are individuals ready to put in the hard work needed to save this for future generations.

It’s a rosy outlook

THIS year they’re off to sunny Spain! And six Sheffield youngsters have every reason to feel proud as well as delighted at the prospect of the trip.

For they won the prize after triumphing in the BiG Challenge, an enterprise competition which encourages 14 to 16 year olds to come up with a business idea.

The youngsters showed they know a thing or two about helping fledgling businesses to grow after coaxing their businesses along the road to success.

But the most important thing was that the youngsters showed they know how to turn ideas into money-making enterprises.

And that is why the future of our city looks rosier by the minute.