Project worker’s love for city with generous heart

Rhi Watkins holds some chocolates inside Cocoa, Ecclesall Road, which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
Rhi Watkins holds some chocolates inside Cocoa, Ecclesall Road, which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe

Rhi Watkins is 23 and works as a project worker for Sheffield charity Golddigger Trust. Rhi was born and bred in Sheffield, having attended High Storrs School and then later studying for a Youth and Community Degree at Sheffield Hallam. Rhi, alongside the rest of the Golddigger Trust team, has just been nominated for an award for pioneering approaches to relationships, sex and wellbeing education at the Sexual Health Awards in London on March 6. This award comes after a year of the charity running self-esteem courses with over 100 girls in Sheffield. Rhi recently got engaged to her boyfriend of 18 months and is looking forward to a very Yorkshire wedding in November with all her family and friends, making Saturday a very special Valentine’s Day.

The Broadfield

I love to come here with friends and family, especially during the winter months. It’s the best place I know for a hearty meal and good pint of beer. The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road has the old-fashioned pub feel with a modern and cool vibe. If anyone I know comes to visit Sheffield, it’s always one of the first places I take them – it helps that it’s just around the corner from where I live too!

Cocoa Wonderland

I spend a lot of my time here running self-esteem courses with Golddigger Trust and love Cocoa so much. It’s such a wonderfully girly, unique and friendly place to spend time in and the milkshakes and hot chocolates are out of this world. The girls we work with love coming here as the amazing Cocoa ladies always make them feel welcome and special.

Of the Wild

I’m quite a creative person, and am a sucker for anything pretty and flowery, so Of the Wild hits the spot for me. I attended a Christmas wreath- making course at this florist back in December and had a great time getting stuck in. Kath is wonderful and very encouraging. I’m hoping to get my wedding flowers from here, because every bouquet I’ve seen come out of this shop has been simply stunning.

Made By Jonty

This is one of my favourite cafes in Sheffield, and a great place to go for some quiet time. I’ve always loved Sharrowvale Road and have grown up exploring all the different shops and restaurants it has to offer, but when Made By Jonty popped up a few years ago I fell in love with it. The staff are really friendly and their all-day breakfast menu has seen me through many an essay while I was at university.

Higger Tor

This is my all-time favourite place in the world. As a child, my mum would bring us up here and we’d spend hours jumping on the rocks and finding dens within the rock face. Although I still like to jump on the rocks, Higger Tor has become more of a sanctuary for me, a quiet place with stunning views to contemplate life.

It is also very special as it’s where I was proposed to on January 2 this year, although it was much too cold for me to take my gloves off and put the ring on. I had to wait until we got back to the car for that!

Nether Edge

Farmers’ Market

This market is always something I look forward to, and I always love seeing the regular stall holders and the new ones.

The market takes place on a Sunday every quarter and highlights the wonderful community spirit in the area I live in. I love seeing the local choirs and dance troupes do their thing, and trying new foods. I always end up bumping into friends or neighbours, and spending a lot more money than I planned to. Definitely worth a visit.

London Road

Although I have lived in Sheffield all my life, and spent most of that time living around Nether Edge/Hunters Bar, I am ashamed to admit that it is only in the last two years that I have discovered London Road and all the interesting things it has to offer.

Since discovering it, I am completely converted to its wonderful array of foods from around the world (including Vietnamese, Turkish and Greek – to name but a few) and love just wandering along and seeing what there is to see. There are also some great small businesses on London Road that have served me well over the last few years, such as Wavelength Guitars, and the mighty Diddy Cool late-night bakery.

Generous Sheffield

Businesses

As a charity, we often rely on the generosity of others to enable us to do what we do, and we often need things like gifts for the young women we work with, auction prizes, furniture for our office and all manner of things. I am constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of Sheffield businesses. Sheffield really does have an amazing heart.