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Festival of Debate 2019

Sheffield’s Festival of Debate returns this year and will take place from April 19th to May 5th.

The festival, founded in 2015, is a series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events exploring politics, economics and society.

This year Healthwatch Sheffield, Sheffield’s consumer watchdog for health and social care services, has organised three events, giving attendees the opportunity to explore ideas about the future of health in Sheffield and beyond.

The events are as follows:

Workshop: Disability and Democracy in Healthcare

The government says it wants to create a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and potential. In this workshop from Healthwatch Sheffield and Disability Sheffield we’ll explore the reality – the issues, challenges and opportunities – with people who are taking action. This 45 minute workshop is part of the Festival’s ‘Our Democracy’ Hub Day.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:00 PM – 6:45 PM
The Circle, Rockingham Lane

Tickets for this event are free, book your place here.

Debate: The Future of Public Health

With the responsibility for public health now residing with local government rather than the NHS, is it possible to improve the public’s health? Panel featuring Greg Fell (Director of Public Health in Sheffield), Professor Elizabeth Goyder (University of Sheffield), Professor Alan Walker (University of Sheffield) and Councillor Jackie Drayton (Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Children & Families).

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Lecture Theatre 5 The Diamond , Sheffield

Tickets for this event are free, book your place here.

Steve Silberman: Neurotribes

Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism & Future of Neurodiversity, discusses his work with MisTÂûght founder Melissa Simmonds. Silberman’s book won the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2015 and is considered essential reading for those interested in the topic.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Charles St Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University

Tickets for this event are £5, book your place here.

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