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Demand for information on Autistic Spectrum Conditions by families in Sheffield has more than doubled in some cases in the last year according to leading Family Information Service, Sheffield Information Link (SIL).

SIL manages the Sheffield Information Giving Network (SIGN), a service for families of children with disabilities, health conditions and special needs. SIGN’s comparative figures for information requests for 2008/09 and 2009/10 show increases of 67% for Aspergers Syndrome, 16% for Dyspraxia and 13% for Autism; all three are considered to be related to the Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Businesses across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire are being invited to a unique event designed to help them prosper through the recession while providing a cancer charity with a boost.

The “Cross Border Business Booster” being held at Mansfield Town Football Club on June 14th has two of the country’s leading business speakers giving their time for free to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. The two speakers are Steve Pipe and Rob Brown.

The event is being organised by Graham Parker of Parker PR. It is the first in a series of events he is planning after the death of his father from cancer earlier this year.

“These are testing times for businesses and they need all the help they can get. Our two speakers will together provide businesses with a raft of new tools and techniques to improve profit margins and win more business. We have run similar events to these before and they are popular because we are providing something in return for the donation. Because we are being sponsored w, we can offer this event with a 75% discount on the normal cost to delegates so it’s a real win-win scenario,” said Graham Parker.


Sheffield Information Link (SIL), Sheffield’s most comprehensive provider of family services information has received a massive thumbs up from customers following a three month consultation survey.

A massive 94% of customers said that the help and advice services they received were either excellent or good.

Nearly 1,000 users of the service were asked for their opinion of the service that is delivered from a drop-in centre on Leopold Street, by outreach officers and through its two websites.

The independent service provider was given an extra boost when 94% of customers said they would recommend it to a family member or friend.

“At SIL we pride ourselves on providing a first-class information service but the proof is always in the pudding and to have our customers respond so positively is a massive thumbs up for the whole team. We help thousands of families each year to find information on childcare, health and education issues as well as fun activities – it’s just so good to know we are meeting the needs of so many people in and around Sheffield,” said Sharron Baroudi, Chief Executive of SIL.

At a business briefing event in Rotherham, a leading Apprentice told young people to rethink their career opportunities if they want success without massive costs, and forward thinking Directors spoke of the need for Employers to rethink their recruitment plans to ensure a larger pool of young employees contributing to their businesses.

Nearly 50 decision makers from South Yorkshire engineering and manufacturing companies heard Kevin Parkin, Managing Director of DavyMarkham Ltd tell them they should encourage apprenticeships. Chris Parkin, an apprentice at AESSEAL in Rotherham, who is also studying for a degree in Mechanical & Production Engineering, says that many students are being directed down the wrong path toward university rather than gaining practical experience and qualifications whilst in industry.


Manufacturers and engineers in Rotherham are being invited to a special breakfast briefing where they will hear from the town's leading companies on how they are solving industrial skills shortages.

The event takes place at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on March 19th, 7.30am -10.00am.

Most companies recognise the need to ensure that valuable skills are passed onto the next generation of employees and that business demands puts pressure on investment in training and development. Newburgh Engineering and AESSEAL from Rotherham have found a way to solve that conundrum with apprentices and will be sharing their experience at the special breakfast briefing. They are investing in apprenticeships to help them tap into innovation and fresh ideas. They are ensuring that essential skills are retained so their companies have a long term future. They see apprenticeships as the skills solution for manufacturers and engineers.