The drop-in sessions at All Saints Connexions Centre are aimed at the African Caribbean community and are designed to offer a two phase support service.
Advocacy sessions have been set up to help people access services and to provide them with a voice for tackling obstacles in gaining their rights.
Residents can also benefit from advice support sessions, which offer help with problems that need a legal remedy or explanation.
The new sessions have been launched by Burngreave Advocacy Now (BAN) and Pitsmoor Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which are both funded by Burngreave New Deal for Communities (BNDfC).
BAN, which is based at SADACCA at the Wicker, also hosts weekly outreach sessions at Burngreave Library, the BNDfC Information Shop, Pitsmoor Surgery and the Yemeni Community Centre.
Howard Golding, Afro-Caribbean Community Advice Worker, said: “The new sessions are a great addition to the existing outreach sessions which already run across Burngreave.
“Residents living close to the All Saints Connexions Centre now have access to a team of specialists should they need help with anything that is worrying them. This could be helping people to access services, going to meetings and appointments with them, reading and writing letters, negotiation, help with filling in forms, providing information that will give them informed choices and assisting and advising on any problem that is affecting an individual.”
BAN was established in Burngreave in 2004 and is run by a team of seven staff and six volunteers. The advocates help approximately 1,200 residents every year.
Fouzia Ali, Project Coordinator at Burngreave Advocacy Now, said: “Our sessions are for local people who have any sort of problem but don’t know where to turn next. Our advocates help people by listening to what individuals have to say on any issue that is causing them difficulty.
“Instead of people not knowing what to do next, we provide a stepping-stone to talk though any issues and, if needed, refer them to alternative services for further help.”
The two new outreach sessions will take place at All Saints Connexions Centre every Wednesday with the advocacy service running from 10am – 12noon and from the advice service from 1pm – 3pm.
For more information, or to make an appointment with an advocate, call the BAN office on 0114 275 0249.