On #TrustedNews day, here's how The Star is making a difference with citywide campaigns
Today is #TrustedNews Day - but each and every day, your Star is making a difference as a campaigning newspaper.
Ever since day one, we've been at the forefront of bringing you the news and tackling the issues that matter to you from all points of the city.
Here's a look at some of our current campaigns and our past successess.
PRIDE IN SHEFFIELD
When our new editor Nancy Fielder took charge of The Star last year, her pledge on day one was to promote pride in our city and put us back on the map.
She said: "There is an overwhelming feeling of wanting to seize this moment, pull together and champion our city. So that’s what we’ll do."
Together, with our readers, we've been tackling everything from graffiti to litter to make sure Sheffield is the northern city that attracts the big name shops, that boasts groundbreaking developments and has control of its own future.
Developers, politicians and business leaders all want the same thing - and talent and determination will get us there.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOUR
Sheffielders are always hugely keen to rally to their city’s cause but we just don’t always know how to do that.
In this wonderfully friendly, fourth biggest city in the country, it is hard to leave the house without bumping into people you know.
Dog walkers say hi to everyone, pensioners still cross tiny babies’ palms with silver and, contrary to popular belief, we do stop and give help when it is needed.
Yet this is also a city filled with ‘strangers’ and lonely folk - and the chances are one of your close neighbours fits into that category.
Our city is what we make it and our Know Your Neighbour campaign urges you to take time to have a conversation with your own neighbours.
We also want to shine a spotlight on the neighbourhoods that demolish negative attitudes and the kind of people who have convinced me that individuals do make a difference.
Get involved, share your suggestions and tell us how well you Know Your Neighbour.
Email reporter Rochelle Barrand at [email protected] or call 0114 276 7676 ext 3026.
WOMEN OF STEEL
Sheffield's Women Of Steel, who kept the munitions factories working to help win two world wars, were finally honoured after a lifetime wait – with the unveiling of a bronze statue which we backed from day one.
An amazing 141 of the ladies, most of them now in their 90s and a few aged over 100, celebrated at the unveiling ceremony in a packed Barker’s Pool.
Women Of Steel Kathleen Roberts, Kit Sollitt, Ruby Gascoigne and Dorothy Slingsby, figureheads of a public appeal which raised £170,000 - launched by the council and driven by The Star newspaper - unveiled the statue on behalf of all the ladies.
Kathleen, aged 94, who sparked the campaign to get the women the recognition they had never had, said: “We can’t believe the day is here. It’s been a long time coming,. In fact we’ve waited a lifetime for this.We flogged ourselves to death during the war. Now they won’t forget us.”
During two world wars, with most of the working age men away at war, the manufacturing at steel works and factories in Sheffield and the surrounding areas was more important than ever. This was the historic time when Sheffield’s Women of Steel came into their own. Women from all over South Yorkshire, some as young as 14, were conscripted to work in steel works all over the region.
But after the war they were throw out of their jobs as the men returned and they were never publicly acknowledged, until a campaign launched a few years ago when now Star editor Nancy Fielder escorted some of them to Downing Street and then Prime Minister Gordon Brown publicly thanked them for the first time.
HELPING THE DISABLED INTO WORK
Across the city, there are people with disabilities who would love to have a job and work hard, shoulder responsibility and meet any challenge laid before them.
At the same time, employers are crying out for motivated and reliable staff.
Our campaign, in partnership with Sheffield City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, aimed to bring them together.
Through our campaign we also eased the anxiety of saying the wrong thing or being patronising or belittling to disabled people.
POUNDS FOR PUPS
The Star launched its ‘Pounds For Pups’ campaign, to raise £5,000 to fund one support dog’s training.
It’s been 25 years since Support Dogs launched in the city from humble beginnings.
Now a national charity, its staff of 25 has successfully trained and supplied hundreds of assistance dogs to people all the way from Portsmouth to Dundee.
The special partnerships it has helped to create, between canines and clients, have completely transformed the lives of hundreds of people with epilepsy and autism, as well as those with physical disabilities.
How to help
Visit Donate - Support Dogs to find out more about how you can help us reach our £5,000 goal. Alternatively, text SDogs15 (and the amount you’d like to give) to 70070, or call 0114 2617800.
Visit Support Dogs to find out more about the charity.