Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council is the city council for the metropolitan borough of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England. The Council provides over 500 services to its citizens from social care and street maintenance to local libraries and corporate resources. Employing over 8,000 people, the council also works with numerous partners and contractors to service the city and its inhabitants.

The citywide Sheffield Food and Wellbeing Strategy hosted by Sheffield City Council aims to increase the proportion of people eating a well-balanced diet and reduce the prevalence of conditions related to poor diet, including obesity. It will do this through the collective action of range of city partners and commissioned programmes.

Sheffield City Council Food and Wellbeing Strategy 2018

Sheffield Live Lighter

Live Lighter Sheffield is a new and inclusive weight management support service brought to you by Zest, the city-based community enterprise. They offer city-wide programmes tackling key nutritional topics in an engaging and interactive way; the sessions deliver practical support and guidance on a range of topics, including:

  • The Eatwell Guide
  • Portion sizes
  • Emotional / Comfort eating
  • Food labelling

Each session is designed to support and empower individuals to make realistic changes to their diet and health in order to move forward and achieve sustainable results. The simple mission is to promote and enable successful and healthy lives for the people of Sheffield.

Learn Sheffield

Learn Sheffield is a not-for-profit company which is focussed on school improvement and owned by Sheffield’s schools and colleges in partnership with Sheffield City Council.

They exist to support and challenge schools and colleges to improve. Their goal is to ensure that Sheffield children receive the best education in the country, so that our young people’s achievement and readiness enables them to be active citizens of a world class city.

Learn Sheffield aims to strengthen city-wide partnership work, both within sectors and between them. Their purpose is to nurture effective partnerships within an ambitious and effective culture so that, in Sheffield, all young people learn with great teachers, in great settings, which are constantly improving.

Learn Sheffield also delivers the Eat Smart Sheffield programme.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest, busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. It provides a full range of hospital and community services for people in Sheffield, as well as specialist care for patients from further afield. It manages five of Yorkshire’s best-known teaching hospitals and has a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence and innovation in medical research.

Sheffield Children's NHS Trust

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of only three dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK and provides integrated healthcare for children and young people, including community and mental health care, as well as acute and specialist services.

Sheffield Health and Social Care

Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services to the people of Sheffield. Some of the specialist services it provides supports people from across the region, and its gender identity clinic receives referrals from across the country. It also provides GP services at practices across the city as part of the Clover Group Practices which it manages in partnership with Primary Care Sheffield.

Clinical Commissioning Group

An NHS organisation made up of the 79 local Sheffield GP practices; passionate about helping the people of Sheffield live healthier lives.

Their purpose is to ensure high quality, efficient and cost-effective healthcare services for people across the city. They are responsible for planning and buying many of Sheffield’s healthcare services, including hospital care as well as services people receive within a community setting.

They work with other clinicians, healthcare professionals, patients and the public, to deliver high quality, efficient and cost-effective healthcare services for people across the whole of Sheffield.

Local services offering support

Eat Smart Sheffield

Eat Smart Sheffield works with all primary and secondary schools across the city as well as some additional settings including Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units, encouraging and supporting pupils, their families and the wider community to adopt healthier eating behaviours.

The programme has two main aims:

  • To give schools the tools they need to make long-term changes to their food culture and their curriculum to support healthy behaviours
  • To give pupils and their families the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to cook, grow and enjoy good quality affordable food, as well as increasing understanding of food sources and sustainability

Eat Smart Sheffield will contribute to reducing childhood obesity and child tooth decay in the city with the focus on the areas of the city with the highest rates of obesity and tooth decay.

There are a huge number of benefits to being part of the programme which extend from the classroom, to the dining room and beyond. Including:

  • Improving the health and well-being of pupils, parents, families, and the wider community
  • Ensuring adherence to the School Food Standards
  • Contributing to meeting Ofsted requirements
  • Supporting the National Curriculum

University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is a public research university in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, spread over two campuses, the Western bank and St. George’s. It is a world top 100-university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of its research-led learning and teaching. The University is one of the key organisations across the city that help to make Sheffield a better place to live, work, study and play.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University is a public research university located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England and one of the UK’s largest and most diverse universities. It is one of the key partners on the Sheffield Joint Health and Wellbeing board dedicated to improving the lives of local residents. They will be instrumental in helping the board deliver the strategy that everyone in the city should have the chance to start well, live well and age well.

Start Well

Start Well Sheffield Family Programme is for parents and carers (including grandparents) who have children aged under 5. It is a two and a half hour per week programme running over five weeks and its focus is giving children the very best start in life.

Subjects covered include healthy eating habits; looking after ourselves as parents; age appropriate physical activities for the family; understanding parenting styles; managing challenging behaviour; offering guided choices; discussing appropriate portion sizes; looking at snack swaps; food labelling with Change4Life app; and emotional health and wellbeing with oral health and hygiene.

Useful Links

The following organisations have further information and advice relating to the health conditions mentioned on this website:


Cancer Research

British Heart