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Come along and find out how we can help you with your future! Get yourself down to Star House on Division Street – you can’t miss our bright and colourful windows – and speak to someone who can offer you professional advice and guidance to get you the skills you need to get the job you really want. Go on, you know you want to! Plus **£25 Meadowhall vouchers** are also up for grabs! So it’s win, win all round. 

Everyone likes to get involved in a good fundraiser whether it’s a cake sale, a Christmas raffle, a 3 peak hike… well here’s one we’re going the extra mile; quite literally in this case!  Sheffield Futures staff June Braithwait, John Moloughney, Gail Gibbons, Elsie Harrison, Tash Bright, Lee Raven, Claire Sorby, Liam Gilligan, Emma Taylor and Ben Cheyney as well as Sheffield Futures board members; Denise Fox and Andy Peaden are all taking part in the 10k Great Yorkshire run which takes place Sunday 28th September. Our fundraising target is £2,500 for our charity. 

Local employment initiative Talent Match, aimed at young jobseekers in the Sheffield City Regions, offers hope to young people who are furthest from the job market, and support into work.

Welcome to the blog of Gail Gibbons.  Gail is the new Chief Executive Officer of Sheffield Futures – we are an independent charity which supports young people and adults to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life.  

Gail enjoys swimming, cycling and running (but preferably not all at the same time!); reading, film and theatre and spending time with my family.

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There has been much concern recently across charity sector leaders about apparent attempts by politicians and elements of the media, to silence campaigning charities who criticise Government policy. There is real concern that restrictions on charities’ abilities to speak out will be enshrined in the impending Lobbying Act.

I am of the opinion that an important function of charities is to speak up on behalf of the people they serve. Here at Sheffield Futures, we will continue to campaign about issues that concern our young people and communities – especially for those who struggle to get their voice heard.

At this time of year, many workplaces are able to take a bit of a breather over the summer holiday period. For the Community Youth Teams though, it is one of the busiest times of year. The summer activities programme has been going really well across the city. As well as taking part in positive activities in their communities, several hundred young people have enjoyed interesting and informative visits to – among other places – The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool; The National Coalmining Museum in Wakefield; Old Trafford Football Ground; Bolton Abbey and Cleethorpes!

With the exam results, August can be an anxious time for many young people. GCSE results are out today, and for those young people who haven’t achieved the results they were hoping for, this month can be very worrying and stressful. Our Advisers are on hand both in the city centre at Star house and at our community sites to support young people to identify and achieve their next step, and we are expecting our drop in service to be busy over the coming weeks.

Welcome to Star House!

Welcome to Star House!

We are very excited to be running our first Get on Track programme with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. Get on Track is a programme for young people who are out of work or education. Our youth workers are working with professional athletes to give these young people the confidence and skills to move into a job or training. Ten young people have been taking part in the programme and they have been doing a range of fun activities, including going on a work placement.

Eight of our Sheffield Young Advisors are on residential this week at the National Young Advisors AGM and Awards Ceremony in Castleton. It is one of the most important events in the network calendar for all Young Advisors from up and down the country, bringing them together to share best practice, scrutinise national accounts and vote new members onto the board of trustees. Three of our Young Advisors are facilitating workshops about Fearless – the Crimestoppers anonymous crime reporting line which has been launched in Sheffield and which our Young Advisors have been closely involved in promoting in schools and youth clubs.

During last night’s AGM, the Young Advisor awards took place. Out of 9 Young Advisors nominated from all Young Advisor groups from around the country, our own Ellie McMahon was among them. Ellie’s winning pitch to her peers, gave her a spot as a new trustee of the National Young Advisors! But it didn’t stop there, our Sheffield Young Advisors also came away with Best Impact Award for their work with Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Board.  This has gone from strength to strength and the YA’s have made a significant impact to Safeguarding, by ensuring that young people are involved in shaping events and services around issues that could potentially impact on their lives and the lives of their friends. Plus, Sarah Stevens was awarded Special Recognition as Lead. Well done everyone!

Sheffield YAs win Best Impact Award August 2014


We were also very pleased to host a visit from DWP colleagues last week who came to see how the Sheffield Job Centre Plus 16/17 year old test bed is working in practice. Sheffield is one of four national test bed sites aimed at strengthening access to employment for unemployed 16 and 17 year olds. Sheffield Futures has been hosting a JCP Work Coach in our city-centre Community Youth Team, which so far is going very well. We look forward to continuing to work closely with DWP to enable our young people to have access to the employment and training opportunities available.

Sheffield Futures is an independent charity which supports young people and adults to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life. We deliver a wide range of services to young people and adults from our city-centre multi-agency One-Stop-Shop and from our delivery sites in local communities.

We are passionate about making sure that young people’s voices are at the heart of everything we do, and have a particular focus on working with disadvantaged and hard to reach young people and communities.

We work closely with our partners across the statutory; voluntary, community, faith; and private sectors to work together to support young people, adults and communities towards a better future – and we welcome opportunities for furthering our partnership work.

For more information on what we do call us on 0114 201 2800, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sheffieldfutures and Twitter www.twitter.com/sfuturesdotcom

For all press and media enquiries please contact Marketing and Communications Manager, Emma Taylor on 0114 201 2815 email emma.taylor@sheffieldfutures.org.uk


Woo hoo! It’s exam results day! But hey, if things don’t go to plan, be prepared…

Guide to GCSE results day 2014

You’ve spent the summer trying to forget about them, but now it’s Thursday 21st August 2014, it’s time to see what your GCSE results look like. Before you go, remember to take the following with you:

  • your mobile phone
  • a calculator
  • a pen or pencil
  • a notebook
  • a positive attitude!

Whatever your results, we at Sheffield Futures offer impartial information, advice and guidance on what to do next.  If you need someone to talk to, please get in touch or come in and see our professional Careers Advisers at Sheffield Futures, Star House on 43 Division Street. 

Call us on 0114 201 2800 or check us out on twitter @sfuturesdotcom


Welcome to Star House!

Welcome to Star House!

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The Sheffield Star newspaper asked our youth charity Sheffield Futures to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraiser by wearing yell0w to coincide with the Grand Departe of the tour de France. We agreed to support this campaign and to use the opportunity to fundraise for Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service.   

Sheffield Futures’ activities programme Sheffieldr, has something to be really excited about!  Visitors from four different European countries will be flocking to the Steel City to find out more about what makes the volunteering opportunities available in the region so fantastic.  The visiting volunteers are supported by a programme called VOLARE.

Sheffield teens turned out in high numbers to the Sheffield Futures’ recent Apprenticeships event held at the newly refurbished centre for young people at Star House.

It’s been safer internet day 2014 this week, so what better way to get thinking about going online and keeping safe? Most of the time using the internet is safe, fun and interesting for everyone.  Technology is certainly not something to be afraid of.  However, sometimes people can provide too much personal information and are unaware that they could be at risk of unwanted attention.

The New Year is looking a lot brighter for young jobseekers in the Sheffield City Regions as the Big Lottery Fund announces the area is to receive £10m from Talent Match, its £100m youth unemployment initiative. Youth charity Sheffield Futures is delighted to announce they are the lead organisation for the programme. The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of good causes money from the National Lottery, launched the nationwide Talent Match scheme, designed by young people for young people, with the aim of helping those aged 18-24 who are struggling the most to find career opportunities. Now the Fund has awarded the Sheffield Futures £9,898,497 to help local young people who have been unemployed or out of education for at least 12 months.

Sheffield Futures will now use the money to work up local solutions to a nationwide problem that threatens serious consequences for an entire generation of young people and the wider economy. The ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment has estimated that the issue will cost £28 billion over the next decade.

Sarah Gregory, Sheffield Futures Project Manager for Talent Match said ‘A provider framework has been completed during September 2013 and we are a pleased that this network is now in place. However, if you are a local employer and are interested in getting involved to support young people, then please get in touch on talent.match@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Nat Sloane, England Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said ‘Youth unemployment is an issue that threatens the hopes of an entire generation as well as our whole economic wellbeing. Talent Match promises to help the very hardest to reach young people to make the most of their skills and ambitions, not just as an end goal, but by giving them a say in how the programme itself is designed and put into practice.

‘The funding announced today is a key step on a very exciting journey as it means the real work can now begin. By bringing together the private sector and the knowledge of key charities, Talent Match will help ensure today’s young people have the maximum help and support they need to find a fulfilling and rewarding career.’

Sheffield Futures Interim CEO, Lynne Hilson, says “Talent Match is a targeted programme for young people (aged 18-24) who have really struggled to find their career path or find work.  We are delighted the programme is to be lead by the community voluntary sector as these are grass roots organisations which have direct access to the young people who need it most.  We are already working with many young people on a regional basis and have started to bring together the range of challenges facing young people from across the regions. Talent Match hopes to help young people overcome barriers to employment.  Sheffield Futures is really excited to be leading on a project like Talent Match as we see it as a spring board to hopefully attracting other vital programmes of support like this to our regions’ young people”

The Talent Match partners in Sheffield City Region have responded positively to the launch.  Neil Coulson, Project Lead for Doncaster Consortium says ‘Talent Match presents a fantastic opportunity to change the lives of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) across the Sheffield City Region, especially in these challenging economic times.  By providing a range of support such as coaching, mentoring and specialist advice and help, the programme will be a route into employment and enterprise for many of our young people who are furthest away from the jobs market.’

Steve Kirk, Managing Director, Independent Local Solutions CIC (the trading arm of Rotherham’s Children Young People and Families voluntary sector consortium) says “I am delighted to be the Rotherham Partner for Sheffield City Region Talent Match programme. We are looking forward to working with a wide range of providers to help locate and work with the hardest to reach young people in our borough not currently engaging with in employment, education or training. The Talent Match funding from the Big Lottery will make a huge difference to the lives of individuals in their journey into employment and the community as a whole in Rotherham’

A group representing the voice of young people from the Sheffield City Regions have played a crucial role in the commissioning process.  Peter Robertshaw, aged 21 says ‘I loved the training and I have met everlasting friends. Taking part in the Talent Match programme for us has changed lives.  No matter what, we all need help into work and this is a great opportunity to positively impact the lives of young people; helping them into work by developing their skills’.

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“Talent Match is an excellent opportunity for young people and it will offer many a brighter future” says Samantha Doyle, aged 24.

For other enquiries regarding Talent Match from across the regions, please get in touch with our local partners working across the region on our behalf:

The 21 areas in England where investments are being made are:

The Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Coventry and Warwickshire

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Greater Birmingham and Solihull

Greater Lincolnshire

Greater Manchester


Leeds City Region

Leicester and Leicestershire

Liverpool City Region


New Anglia

North Eastern


Sheffield City Region

South East

Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire

Tees Valley

Hereford, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin


For all media enquiries please contact Marketing & Comms Manager, Emma Taylor  tel: 0114 201 2815 or email: emma.taylor@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888

Out of hours media contact: 07867 500 572

If you have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us using Text Relay at

18001 plus 0191 376 1776

Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

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