Team spreads festive cheer

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WHOEVER said good neighbours are a thing of the past should look no further than our story about the Sheffield Homes volunteers working this Christmas, to change their minds.

While most of us have been putting up our feet taking a well-deserved break, a band of volunteers have given up their holiday to make door-to-door calls on the elderly, needy and vulnerable.

Senior housing warden Sharon Ward is just one of the merry band which has also enlisted children to make the calls around the central part of the city.

Their duties have included taking shoeboxes full of presents to the needy, popping in to talk to those who find themselves on their own and running errands for them. And on the occasion they find homeless people curling up in communal areas in blocks of flats to find some warmth, they try to find them interim accommodation.

They are a tribute to Sheffield Homes and the good sense of community and will have brought a little Christmas cheer to those who really appreciate it.

Opportunity not to be missed

THE clock is ticking to gain a place at the first University Technical College for the city region.

Registration for places runs out at the end of January ready for when the college opens its doors next year. It will help to shape a new generation of youngsters emerging with work-ready qualifications.

We are lucky enough to have one of the few new institutions here.

Students will emerge from having studied highly technical subjects ready to be put into practice in the workplace.

It is a great opportunity for the young and fits in with the great apprenticeship work that has been taking place in this city, as well. So why not take advantage of a first step on the ladder to work?

Clarifying legacy

In yesterday’s Viewpoint column, we were criticised for appearing to applaud the fact that table tennis and volleyball had had their Olympic funding cut because they had failed to achieve the standards set.

That was not the case. Our Opinion column merely recognised the fact that the Olympic legacy is one that rewards achievement and the rules mean that failing to achieve the standard results in a failure to secure funding.

That is the legacy that the Olympics has left behind - we do not support it, but if those are the rules, then the sports should not be surprised when their funding is not repeated.