News and Releases


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.



Sheffield Information Link (SIL) has become the first independent Family Information Service in the UK to be awarded the National Association of Family Information Services (NAFIS) Families First Award, receiving high praise from the Minister for State Children, Young People and Families in the process.

Staff from SIL travelled to London to receive the award from Rht Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families where she praised them in achieving the very high standards set by NAFIS.

09 Dec


Event - March for Mansfield's Heroes

Date and time - 13th December, 2009 - 11.15am - 1.00pm

Where - Market Place, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

This Sunday will see the biggest Military Parade to hit Mansfield in living memory. Over 250 uniformed men, cadets and ex-service men and women will march into town to celebrate the actions of the people of Mansfield and district in raising funds to establish a permanent memorial to those who have given their lives in recent conflicts.

The Parade, will be led by the Seaforth Highlanders Pipe and Drum Band which will be followed by Forces personnel from the Mercian Regiment, RAF Wittering, RAF Odiham, The Territorial Army, Cadets from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force, five branches of the Royal British Legion with Standards flying, Royal Marines Ex-Servicemen, RAF Ex-servicemen, Signals Ex-servicemen, the East Midlands Royal Green Jackets Association and the Armed Forces Pension Group.

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