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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.

Your friendly neighbourhood Community Youth Teams has got news for you! Check out some of what’s been going on during October through to December 2013…

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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

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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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A new initiative called Sheffieldr, launched by youth charity Sheffield Futures, aims to help communities run their own activities and needs vital equipment to make this possible. Sheffieldr needs you to help community groups provide activities for young people all over the city.

It’s 2014 Sheffield Young Advisor recruitment time! We are recruiting a team of 12 diverse young people Aged 16yrs (*YR11) or 17yrs (Yr. 12)

Do you want to make a difference in your neighbourhood? If the answer is yes, then why not take part in the UK Youth Parliament elections 2014!

On International Volunteer Day on December 5th Sheffield Futures’ Sheffieldr initiative offered support to local health charity SHINE which helps teens combat weight issues. The team assembled a group of over 15 volunteers who kick started the renovations to SHINE’s new premises by stripping wood chip from the walls.

Sheffield UK Youth Parliament run by youth charity Sheffield Futures, is proud to announce that three of its own members, Sally Scrivener aged 17, Tameka Millar aged 16 and Ryan Pickersgill aged 15, will join over 300 elected members of Youth Parliament at a national debate in the House of Commons on Friday 15th November 2013. Sally, who represents the West, Tameka, who represents the North and Ryan, who represents the East will help decide the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaigns for 2014.

Over the past year, nearly 100 Sheffield learners have achieved a qualification with the help of your local youth charity Sheffield Futures.

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