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Sheffield’s ‘good practice’ in working with young people is welcomed at No.10

23rd August 2011

On August 16th 2011, Harry Carter (Member of UK Youth Parliament for Sheffield) attended a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street to talk about Young People and the Big Society.

Using case studies and his own experiences of social action campaigns, Harry travelled to the core of government to give his thoughts and recommendations on involving young people in the Big Society. Following the UK Riots at the beginning of August, Harry believed there was no better time than the present to start restoring people’s sense of duty to their community, and he believed that the Big Society could be used to achieve this.

The National Citizen Service, Harry proposed, should involve young people at the decision making level, with young people putting forward ideas about what projects would benefit their local community best. He also suggested that Big Society projects should be continuous, and so once one project is completed others can be set up. This would benefit young people as they would be able to learn a wider range of skills, and build a stronger, more permanent link to their communities. Furthermore, activism already done by young people prior to the National Citizen Service, should be recognised, with young people being able to cash-in work they’ve already done.

Harry said: “It was important for me to give an insight into how schemes involving young people play out on the ground and how these initiatives go from paper to real-life. I shared with the policy unit the successes of the programmes seen in Sheffield, with particular mention of the good practice I saw whilst working with Sheffield Futures and partner agencies, and the areas that require further thinking. Restoring this sense of duty to our communities has to be the next step we all take. The staff at No.10 were really responsive and eager to get young people involved in setting out ideas for future Big Society driven policies.”

Sky Sports News Special Report

22nd August 2011

A project run by ex-boxing world champion Johnny Nelson, supported by Sheffield Futures, was featured on Sky Sports News Special Report recently. Click here to view a video of the broadcast.

Meeting with Nick Clegg

12th August 2011

Young people from Sheffield Youth Council, Sheffield Young Advisors and the UK Youth Parliament got the chance to speak to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last week to highlight the positive work done in the city during the recent riots.

The young people, supported by Sheffield Futures staff, gave up their free time to develop an ‘anti-riot’ campaign and promote it through social media networks and specially designed posters.

Download the Word On Street poster

Sheffield was the largest city in England to not fall foul of any copycat violent behaviour and the positive response from local young people, and organisations such as Sheffield Futures, South Yorkshire Police, the Fire Service and the City Council, was praised by Nick Clegg.

Watch the full video below:

BBC Radio Sheffield Interview

12th August 2011

Sarah Stevens and Vaz Falconer from Sheffield Futures, and Emma Hazlehurst from Sheffield Young Advisors also appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield last week. You can listen to their interview below:

Emma-Sarah-Vaz-RadioShef-12.08.11

Media Coverage – Recent Riots

Various dates in August 2011

Below you will find links to a number of media stories around the riots, and the positive stance of young people in Sheffield.

Calmer weekend with fewer incidents

Stay calm plea as South Yorkshire Police on alert while UK riots spread

Well done to our youngsters

‘Sheffield spirit’ in face of riots elsewhere praised

Youngsters urged not to riot

Also, take a look at UK Youth Parliament member for Sheffield, Harry Carter, praising local young people.

Look North Interview

August 2011

Get The Feel Good Factor with the Festive Wrap!

29th November 2010

Where: The HUBS, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2QQ
When: 7 December 2010 from 5pm – 8pm & 11 December 2010 from 1pm – 4pm

With the season of goodwill almost upon us, young people in Sheffield are being encouraged to attend this year’s Festive Wrap at the HUBS to help two local charities.

The Sheffield vinvolved Youth Action Team (YAT) – supported jointly by SOVA and Sheffield Futures – is appealing for local young people to volunteer to help sort, pack and individually wrap gifts which have been collected and donated by local business and members of the public, as well as make their own small gifts.

The presents, including a range of games, toys, winter woollies will then be donated to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which cares and supports children with life limiting conditions, and HARC (Homeless and Rootless at Christmas), which helps the homeless and vulnerable in the city over the festive period.

Zaosh Ghadiali, Youth Action Team member, said: “Festive Wrap is all about getting in the Christmas spirit by remembering and supporting the less fortunate in our community.

“The idea behind Festive Wrap is that everyone in the community is involved at each stage of the process, from collecting and donating the gifts from local businesses and the public, through to young people wrapping them and the local charities receiving them and then distributing them to their children and adults.”

Businesses and members of the public who would like to donate gifts can also contact Andy Marsden or Laura Stafford at vinvolved on the numbers above before 10th December. The team is able to collect items or donations from across Sheffield and will be donating the gifts to the charities in mid-December.

The Youth Action Team is looking for young volunteers, aged between 16 and 25, to attend one of the two wrapping days. For more information about the Festive Wrap event or getting involved in volunteering call the vinvolved team on 0114 253 6760 / 2016666 or email them.

For further press information please contact Andy Marsden and Laura Stafford on 0114 253 6760 or 0114 201 6666.

Notes to Editors

The Sheffield vinvolved team is a partnership between SOVA and Sheffield Futures, funded by v. They are part of the National Youth Volunteers Service. They aim to promote and expand youth volunteering opportunities across Sheffield.

SOVA – was set up in 1975. It is the leading national voluntary organisation for recruiting, training and managing volunteer mentors to work to promote social inclusion and within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales. SOVA believes that long term solutions to disadvantage and crime lie within local communities and SOVA encourages and enables individuals from local communities to volunteer.

Sheffield Futures is an independent charity formed in 2002 by combining Sheffield Careers Guidance Services with Sheffield City Council’s Youth Service. It delivers information, advice and guidance, activities for young people and targeted support for young people with additional needs across the city. Sheffield Futures also operates New Futures, the careers support, advice and guidance service for adults. All Sheffield residents, regardless of age, are welcome to use the wide range of facilities offered by Sheffield Futures at the Star House Connexions Centre in Division Street.

v, The National Young Volunteers Service, aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers (aged 14-25) across England. v’s aim is to create a culture where volunteering and social action comes naturally and where the benefits of volunteering are understood and celebrated.

Sheffield Futures Official Press Statement

30th July 2010

Sheffield Futures is in the process of informing staff that the impact of reduced funding in this year could affect up to 95 staff across the organisation.

The full impact of the cuts to our services is yet to be finalised. We are working in consultation with staff and union representatives and request the media allow time for the company to undertake this process.

Sheffield Futures continues to fulfil its commitment to providing a quality service to young people and adults in Sheffield.

Notes to the Editor

Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures is an independent charity helping young people and adults to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life.
Sheffield Futures works extensively with young people and adults living in Sheffield, providing support services and positive activities around education, employment, personal development and social inclusion. We work closely with a wide range of organisations including our partners in the voluntary sector, learning providers and support agencies across the city.

For up to date information on the range of services on offer at Sheffield Futures please go to our website.

For further press information please contact Emma Taylor on:
Telephone 0114 201 2815 or email

Why don’t you get some v this summer?

30th July 2010

Why don’t you get some v this summer? Asks the Sheffield vinvolved team which is run jointly by SOVA and Sheffield Futures. The service supports young people aged between 16 and 25 into volunteering and is well worth while according to manager Youth Volunteer Development Manager, Chris Crake who is supporting campaign “get some v this summer…”

“This summer we have on offer a whole host of different ways for people who choose volunteering to gain new experiences, gain new skills to add to their CV’s and make a real difference to community groups across Sheffield and of course to enjoy themselves! We would really like to hear from people aged between 16 and 25 and in particular, students returning to Sheffield for the summer months. We are offering a fantastic opportunity to try something new and bump up their skills to boot.”

One of the projects that vinvolved are supporting is the Community Archaeology project at Heeley City Farm. The projects’ Community Heritage Officer, Sally Rodgers commented “We’re really pleased to have the help of the vinvolved team to recruit young people as volunteers. It’s really great that we’ve managed to recruit so many volunteers – even more than at last year’s dig! Working with our partners at Sheffield University has also provided invaluable experience for our young volunteers, who are working alongside archaeologists and students from the University.”

Someone who has taken up the vinvolved challenge is volunteer Robert Atkinson, aged 21, who intends to go to University to study Archaeology in September. “I travel in from Barnsley to work on the dig. I’ve managed to attend pretty much every day which has been great! It’s the best work to be involved with over the summer holidays. It definitely helps provide you with new skills and experiences, which have enhanced my CV no end and more vitally, my University application.”

The vinvolved team are also recruiting for volunteers at the Pitsmoor Citizens Advice Bureau who need Advice Workers over the summer months. Helpers for the holiday play-schemes at Heeley Green and Lowedges, drama support volunteers and mentors with the project A Mind Apart are also in demand as well as many more opportunities we haven’t room to note down here!

The Sheffield vinvolved team have connected with over 3,000 young people who are now actively volunteering. We have information regarding many different organisations which are looking for volunteers, so what are you waiting for? “get some v this summer” and get in touch!

The team can be contacted on 0114 253 6760 / 201 6666, by email, or via the vinvolved website.

For further press information please contact Emma Taylor on 0114 201 2815 or via email

Notes to Editors

v is the national youth volunteering charity launched in May 2006 whose mission is to inspire a new generation of volunteers in England aged 16-25. V is supported by the office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office. To find out more about v visit the charity’s website www.vinspired.com

The Sheffield vinvolved team is a partnership between SOVA and Sheffield Futures, funded by v. They are part of the National Youth Volunteering Programme. They aim to promote and expand youth volunteering opportunities across Sheffield. They are part of v’s £75 million National Youth Volunteering Programme, which aims to inspire 500,000 young people aged 16-25 to get positively involved in their communities.

SOVA – is an independent charity formed in 1975. It is the leading national voluntary sector organisation for recruiting, training and managing volunteer mentors to work to promote social inclusion. SOVA works both in the community and within the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales and believes that long term solutions to disadvantage and crime lie within local communities.

Sheffield Futures is an independent charity helping young people and adults to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life.
Sheffield Futures works extensively with young people and adults living in Sheffield, providing support services and positive activities around education, employment, personal development and social inclusion. We work closely with a wide range of partners including the voluntary sector and statutory agencies across the city.

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