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25 Nov


…. Monday 19th December 12 – 3 PM

Sharrow Old Junior School, South View Road, S7 1DB

Training Suite and Library

Entertainment by IT Clubbers (on Youtube)

GUEST BLOG for visitors – FREE plate of food for guests who blog!

1 pm – 2 pm TWITTER IN 20 MINS – 3 x mini-workshops

£2 food fine for guests who don’t use IT

HOT FOOD – Halal and Vegetarian

BY Sheffield RASAG Members


Bring Kids!

Drop In!



A Problem You Don’t Have…

14 Nov

If you’re reading this post, you probably don’t need to attend RASAG’s IT Club…

Free internet access is thankfully on the rise, but when so many of us are connected at home and out and about on smart phones, wireless devices and WiFi it’s hard to imagine having to make an appointment to get an hour online. Having secured one’s hour at a library, community learning space or similar, the task of logging onto the system and navigating away from the homepage is likely to take a sizeable chunk out of the designated time. Even for the most seasoned cyber surfer under an hour will be at best a couple of emails, bit of a nosey on facebook and possibly some gentle Youtubing. Or of course if there are serious tasks to be done, you could perhaps search for and download the details of a job or two, investigate your car insurance or plan a journey. So what about people who don’t know how to set up an email account, or use Google or open a programme?

With thanks to Sheffield City Council’s now closed Small Grants fund RASAG has been running an IT club on Mondays,11 – 3 at Sharrow Old Junior School. The grant which we received in March enables us to hire the IT Training Suite (£25 p/h), to buy a small amount of teaching resources and to refund bus fares to qualifying participants, ie. those who are unwaged or entirely without income. Thanks to an element of match funding from the Community Forum, we are also able to provide a hot lunch. The combination of transport assistance and food makes us an ideal facility for anyone who does not have personal internet access and who is on a tight budget.

RASAG IT Club is open for everyone, whether they’ve never switched a PC on in their life or they’re written an encyclopaedia on computer engineering. The four hour time slot means that anyone who attends is able to secure a meaningful amount of time online and have free use of a printer. All IT clubbers are encouraged to help each other out and if they are not in need of help themselves, they will certainly find they are able to help others. Top priorities include getting everyone set up on an email account and using this and other medium as a form of communication; a simple example of this would be new email users exchanging messages with each other. Today we established a group blog and six IT clubbers are authors so far, see http://rasagcomputerclub.wordpress.com/

Literacy is the greatest barrier to learner progression and enjoyment at IT Club, so reading support is the key need within the group. If a person is literate in any language, they will be able to use a computer and may have ESL needs that can be addressed with online activities. However, if the person cannot read any language, then ESL activities will not help them to use a computer. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the IT Club ensures that everyone gets a chance to try new things, learn and practice new skills and meet people who learn in different ways and all have something to teach.

Some of the things that have proved to be important to IT Club goers so far include having access to music and videos from other cultures, using email, facebook, twitter and other platforms to communicate with people and being able to download job applications, funding applications and print coursework and formal letters. It’s so satisfying to see facilities being used and enjoyed, and a wide variety of people gaining substantial benefit from them. Viva IT Club!

Man of Many Talents

5 Mar

When he’s not cooking up delicious dishes, RASAG member Mustafa is capturing the best bits of the City of Sanctuary Party on video.


Here it is!

HLC funds RASAG employment course

8 Feb

The poor old RASAG blog has been rather neglected of late, but this is not because the group has been inactive – on the contrary, we have been busier than ever!

Back in December RASAG contributed to a wonderful winter celebration in aid of ASSIST – group members cooked a variety of dishes from around the world and a number of us went along to enjoy the music, dancing and performances.  We also faciliatated a performance by wonderful, soon to be famous RASAG friend Pallav Roy – a young man destined for great things!  The event was organised by Sharrow’s own Creative Action Network and Side by Side drama group and was a successful, enjoyable evening.

Going even further back we contributed to a City of Sanctuary event in Gleadless Valley, which sought to address racial tensions in the area by bringing together long term residents with new arrivals, to share stories, food and music and open a dialogue between the groups.  At this event we were pleased to provide some lovely dishes and Yakam Jar Bu got everyone up, holding hands and dancing!

We have decided to hold a weekly session for our members, supporting language needs, signposting volunteering and training opportunities and enabling peer support and advice – we are in the process of applying for funding to support this work.  In the meantime, we have been awarded some funding by Humber Learning Consortium to deliver some Communications and Presentation skills for work training in February.  Learners will be creating a group blog – so this page will soon have a sister!  How exciting!  As part of our bid we are to buy some Flip video cameras, so visitors can expect lots of footage of our work in future!  The training and our weekly sessions will take place at Sharrow Community Forum, Sheffield.

The HLC funding comes from the European Social Fund and is to benefit hard to reach individuals who face significant barriers to employment.

ESF Logo

Many thanks to Shine on Sharrow!

31 Aug

Thanks to the Shine on Sharrow committee RASAG will be holding an Eid celebration on 11th September at the Old Junior School building, 1-5 pm.  As well as proving some delicious food for everyone, RASAG will be laying on entertainment including Kurdish singing and dancing.  We are on the look out for performers to make this a truly multicultural experience and there will be children’s activities too. 

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate on the 11th september – the more the merrier.

Happy Eid Party 

 This will be a great opportunity to eat and drink together, have fun and meet new friends in the community.  The whole community likes to celebrate Christmas together, whether we are Christians or not…  Let’s do something special together as a community for Eid this year.

Performances and picnic

9 Jun

Legends storytelling group will be performing at

Heeley Festival Sat, 19/06/2010 all day in a gazebo

One World Over Sat, 19/06/2010 – 19:00 – 22:00. In Aid of ASSIST, at the Montgomery Hall, Surrey St (by the big wheel)

Central Library Surrey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1XZ, 12.30 – 1.30 Mon 28/06/2010

Ecclesall Library 120 Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11 9PL, 5.30 – 6.30 Mon 28/06/2010


The RASAG/Big Lunch picnic will now be held at Sharrow Summer Flea Market, Old Junior School, South View Road Sheffield S7 1DB on 12 – 5 pm, 18/07/2010