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Volunteering helped Sheffield teen find her future career

Tash Bright No Comments

Volunteering at Sheffield Futures, was the starting point that helped local teen make positive changes in her life.

Nineteen year old Courtney Castledine was filled with excitement as we spoke to her on the first day of her new full time job at Talent Match Sheffield City Region. Courtney began volunteering at Sheffield Futures at the age of thirteen after a series of challenges at school. Sheffield Futures provides local young people with the support and opportunities that enable them to make positive choices in their lives.

Growing up, Courtney explained how she didn’t get on well at school: “I struggled with all sorts at school…I wanted to do the best I could but found it difficult.” Courtney’s school referred her to Sheffield Futures who have links with schools all across the city.

Courtney defines her mentors at Sheffield Futures as part of her family. Speaking fondly of her time volunteering, she describes how she got involved with art projects at the local youth clubs that Sheffield Futures run. She particularly enjoyed designing anti-bullying posters: “I was so passionate about designing the posters, helping other people was all I ever wanted to do. I wanted to use my experience to give something back and help other young people”

At age sixteen, after volunteering at the youth clubs, her mentor suggested she go for the role of Young Advisor at Sheffield Futures. Young Advisors are paid to help organisations make their services youth friendly. As part of Young Advisors, Courtney went on to win the National Young Advisors Impact Award. She stated: “Being a Young Advisor built up my confidence massively. I wouldn’t be able to sit here and talk to you if I didn’t have all the previous experience. I probably wouldn’t have got the job I have now.”

During Courtney’s time as a Young Advisor she applied for a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship through The Source, which helped her to secure her new full time job as an Admin Assistant for Talent Match Sheffield City Region. After completing the Apprenticeship Courtney has now been kept on and is helping to coordinate support for other young people aged between 18 – 24, looking to gain access to employment, education and training.

We can help you in many ways, from careers advice, to volunteering opportunities!

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International Youth Day Celebration Event

Chris Mayall No Comments

Join us for our fun day!We’re celebrating International Youth Day with a massive fun day for all the family! This fantastic family event is your chance to let down your hair and have some fun. This event is perfect for ages 8-18 (or up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities).

You can take part in loads of exciting activities such as:

  • Rodeo Bull
  • Tug ‘o’ war
  • Information Stalls
  • Gladiators
  • Badminton
  • Penalty Shoot Out


Where? The Amphitheatre (behind the train station), Sheaf Street, S1 2BP

When? Friday the 12th August 2016, 12pm – 4pm

If you want to raise awareness for this fantastic cause, why not bring some friends along?

We look forward to seeing you all on the day!


Social action project at Stocksbridge Community Leisure

Ruth Durkin No Comments

Sheffield Futures’ social action project Sheffieldr enlisted young volunteers to brighten up Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre. The group gave the disabled entrance to the freshly opened swimming pool a much-needed lick of paint.

The Sheffieldr volunteering projects aim to make public spaces, youth clubs and other venues welcoming and attractive. Other projects have included giving a facelift to two community gardens, and helping to redecorate SHINE Health Academy, a charity for young people with weight and self-confidence issues.

Sarah Stevens, Involvement and Enrichment Manager at Sheffield Futures said: “We are so pleased to be able to offer social action projects to communities in Sheffield. Young people predominantly receive negative press, but we want to show that young people in our city have a lot to offer. We want to promote volunteering to young people and would encourage them to get involved with any future one-off volunteering days we have. There are so many benefits to volunteering, from team building and partnership working through to DIY skills!”

Young volunteer Isaac Hanson said: “I feel that it is really important, especially as a Member of Sheffield Youth Council, to give back to the communities that we live in. I feel very glad to have been able to help!”

Anita Grafton, volunteer at Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre said: “The team have made a vast difference by helping us! Everyone has done very well and we enjoyed having them. They’ve all cracked on and the work has been outstanding. It will really help us with re-opening and bringing young people to Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre.

Ella Johnson, a Member of Sheffield Youth Parliament, who helped to paint the leisure centre, said: “I originally had plans to do something else in half term but I changed them so that I could help to renovate Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre, I’m glad I did because it’s been a really great experience!”

Lee Hible, Sports Development Officer at Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre said: “It’s important to build community spirit and work in partnerships as we have been doing with Sheffield Futures. We hope that by getting Sheffield Futures volunteers helping at the centre, this will encourage more people to participate in our activities or help to run activities here!”

The Sheffieldr team are currently looking for opportunities to renovate community spaces and would love to hear from you. If you know of any community gardens that could do with tidying up, or a venue that needs a lick of paint, get in touch: sheffieldr@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 2754


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