Foodbank Drive – Drop Off Updates!

30/11/15: New week, new announcements! We’re thrilled to say we’re joining up with The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, who will be having drop off points at their December cafes at Regather! They provide amazing community meals where anyone can pop along for some yummy food on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis. All the food used on the menu is from waste/surplus supplies! The work they are doing is amazing so please go along and support them and take along items for the foodbank at the same time! <3 – Dates below!

30/11/15: Given it is the season of goodwill and charity, we are really pleased to be teaming up with the amazing Chaplaincy team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital for donations from staff to be collected from 1st Dec to 18th Dec – any items can be placed underneath the Christmas tree up in the Chaplaincy, D floor, blue wing, main site which is open 24/7.

19/11/15: Today’s announcement comes after a meeting with The Green Space at Sheffield University Student’s Union – They are going to be able to help us by being a drop off point between Tuesday 1st December until Friday 18th December, AMAZING! More info to follow!

18/11/15: And the most exciting announcement so far which comes from The Harley who are teaming up with us to support the foodbank drive, by holding a drop off collection at their Braids gig on Monday 30th November! This means, if you are going along to watch the bands or just want to drop off some donations, please do! Awesome to be working with y’all! #gigsforguts

18/11/15: Next announcement comes from The Audacious Art Experiment who will be continuing to work with us as a drop off point at upcoming gigs at the space.. cheeeers <3 #gigsforguts

18/11/15: Obv our first announcement is that you can bring foodbank donations to our two upcoming LaDIY shows, I think I mentioned that already – details below ;) #gigsforguts

HERE (foodbankposter) is a .PDF poster and shopping list you can download for venues we are working with to use, or if you want to hold your own collections  – just make sure to let us know!

Other announcements to follow!

Rolling List of Drop Off Points:

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Festive Foodbank Drive!

Over the last few months LaDIY has been really busy helping to promote the work of Sheffield Food Collective, teaming up with the crew at The Audacious Art Experiment to hold regular collections at for attendees at gigs held at TAAEHQ. So far we have managed to collect a really impressive amount of food that has been donated to local foodbanks in Parson Cross, Fir Vale and Firth Park, helping families and individuals in our communities to eat when they have no other options but to turn to these independently run sources for help.


SFC: “Our biggest haul yet!”

This is a great achievement, but we have to remember that “Food banks cannot simply let the state withdraw from its responsibilities. It is important to keep in mind the idea that the food bank, essentially, is an “outrage”.

Alongside this, Shelter reports that 100,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas and with extra pressures on domestic abuse services to cope with the seasonal spike as individuals seek to leave abusive relationships over the festive period, services providing foodbank donations continue to struggle to meet demand – With children off school, extra financial pressures to provide food and presents, this time of year hits people hard, as impossible balances are sought.

Now We Can Do Something:

With each UK family wasting £700 of groceries each year why not spend a few quid and go shopping to help other families and individuals in Sheffield with food that is desperately needed, and we want to help coordinate donations at our upcoming gigs on Sat 21st November at The Moor Theatre Deli, and Sat 12th December at Harrisons. So, please bring items to donate, have a look at this shopping list for ideas along with the SFC shopping list below to collect non perishable items as well as sanitary items and given the time of year, other festive food items or gifts would be very welcome.

The plan now is to contact other collectives and venues to get involved and support this foodbank drive – if you are interested or can help with this then please get in touch!

More information will follow shortly about food drop off points for our festive foodbank campaign <3

Another really important and amazing time to help in Sheffield this Christmas, is to donate some of your time to ‘Homeless and Rootless at Christmas’ who are after volunteers to help fill their rota.

Shopping List

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LaDIYfest Sheff Presents: The Spook School + Junk + Nachthexen


Saturday 21st November @ Theatre Moor Delicatesen, 8pm

£5 suggested donations but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are wheelchair accessible toilets and a ramp up the steps into the cafe. There is a bar serving alcohol. If anyone has any other questions about accessibility please ask us. LaDIY safe spaces rule.


Spook School 033

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LaDIYfest Sheff present: JAHJF / Actual Crimes / Camp Shy / Exit Earth

XMAS JAPES – with live music from some of the best queers around and probably loads of other cool stuff too!

– Jesus and His Judgemental Father
– Actual Crimes
– Camp Shy
– Exit Earth

£5 suggested donations but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are wheelchair accessible toilets and a lift up into the back room where we will be. There is a bar serving alcohol. If anyone has any other questions about accessibility please ask us. LaDIY safe spaces rule.

Rad LaDIYs drawn by ETFC ♥



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Reclaim The Night – Some General Thoughts

This is a slightly edited version of a post that appeared on our blog in response to a Sheffield RTN last year. We feel our criticisms are still highly relevant to other marches and events being organised this year and every year, so are sharing it again. 

It is always encouraging to see other feminist events organised, but LaDIYfest feels it is important to be aware of the wider issues and criticisms that are often overlooked – Reclaim The Night marches have a disappointing history of being transphobic through an emphasis on biological identity, unwelcoming to male carers and aggressive towards sex workers through picketing, spitting outside clubs and shouting demeaning chants. While we appreciate that every RTN march has different focuses and inclusion policies, we still feel that using the name causes an unfortunate association to histories that cannot and should not be forgotten.

The RTN movement largely perpetuates the outdated and inaccurate myth of stranger danger, that nighttime and public spaces are the biggest risk to women (we note this is not exclusive to women, but also to individuals of many other genders and identities) by skirting around the fact that the majority of gender based violence against women and individuals happens in domestic situations by men and people known to them, and often completely failing to acknowledge how the risks for sex workers are vastly increased. Putting sex workers to the fore is something that has been asked of RTN across the country, year after year, and even when there has been acknowledgment that being aggressive towards sex workers or picketing strip clubs on the marches is a bad tactic, that, and slut-shaming, has still happened and been experienced by LaDIYs attending marches. By ignoring these narratives, and not being direct and clear in taking a stance against them, the movement fails to address any of the more pertinent and intersectional issues facing individuals today.

More can read on the following links:

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is 25th of November.

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And Now: The World! at The Moor Theatre Delicatessen

As well as hosting fabulous Sheffield-made events like the Peaches Party in June, and last week’s Queer Protest, The Moor Theatre Delicatessen showcases touring theatre performances. This one looks well worth catching.

And Now: The World

And Now:The World! is a darkly comic one woman show about being young in a digital world; about being a feminist superhero caught in a web; about being able to spend more time with your friends online than face to face. If your whole life is online, can you start a revolution and stay #ontrend?

View the atmospheric trailer at:

Written by German writer Sibylle Berg, And Now: The World! will be performed at The Moor on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th October. Plus, on the Thursday and Friday nights, it will be preceded by a workshop on the effects of social media on human behaviour.

If you’re interested in the workshops (which are limited to 15 people), book soon by emailing Workshops are free for those with tickets for the show, or £5 otherwise.

Tickets for the show itself are available through the Moor Theatre site:, or at the door on the night.

Content warning: some of the dialogue is on the subject of violence.
This show doesn’t involve any strobe lighting, and so is suitable for those with a sensitivity to it.

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CINEMA CLUB: Suffragettes / The Time Is Now

Next Saturday – the 10th October, sees a preview of the hotly anticipated film ‘Suffragette‘ film alongside the launch of an amazing looking season of films ‘chronicling women forcing change around the world and throughout the history of film’ called ‘The Time Is Now‘. It says it will be sharing ideas and exchanging information through artwork, writing and music, also in the form of a nationally compiled zine.

SO – who wants to go hang out? The Suffragette film has a special preview party from 7pm at the Showroom and team LaDIY are going to watch the film and grab a drink – screening is 8:30pm and a 12a certificate. Children are allowed in the bar until 9pm.

Here is a bit of pre-film reading too, discussing some of responses to the film so far (thanks CJ!)
“Suffragette’s publicity campaign and the politics of erasure”
“Why This ‘Suffragette’ Photoshoot Needs To Be Called Out”



…The rest of the film festival looks amazing too so have a proper look at whats showing!

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