Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

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It’s the third ever Giving Tuesday today, which has become a global day of giving that’s grown into a movement uniting and inspiring people around the world. Giving Tuesday was originally conceived as a way to do some good after the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday; days spent getting as much as possible, combating this with a great chance to Give!

And that’s very much the idea! You can give any way you’d like, pay forward, motivate, affect, and excite others to make a difference along with you.

On giving Tuesday, you can give money, a bit of your time or your skills, offer your support or give food. It can be anything you can think of and you can do this online or even down the street. Give something to a cause you’re passionate about. Give… and then tell others to inspire them to do the same!

Here at Sheffield Futures, many of us have spent our time and skills giving and we’ve found that even little actions have made big impacts! This Giving Tuesday, we’d like to share those stories with you and encourage you to give a little something too…

 

Sheffield Futures manager of the Duke of Edinburgh award likes to give often and felt inspired to share:

I try and do something to raise funds every year. In recent times this has focused on supporting young people, for who cost is a barrier, to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. This gives me a feeling of ‘making a difference’ as I know I’m giving young people a chance to learn skills that will benefit them for life – teaching them to catch fish rather than giving them some fish! I recently took up the DofE Diamond Challenge and pitting my skills against Europe’s deepest river gorge, the Verdon, by Kayak: whirlpools, caves, log jams and siphons at the bottom of a two thousand foot limestone gorge made for a memorable challenge over two long days! My aim was to raise much needed funds to support disadvantaged young people participating in the award.

 

A member of our Child Sexual Exploitation Service wants to share her personal story of giving:

While I worked at Sheffield Crown Court as an Usher, one of the female barristers was going to run the London marathon for Bluebell wood hospice. She asked if I would collect sponsors for her as I was the youngest and cheekiest member of staff! The barristers, judges and all staff were very generous (they had to be – we knew how much they earned!) and thousands of pounds were raised. It was quite a big task, and it took up a big part of my time, but I felt that I was contributing to a very good cause it was great to be a part of it!

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One of our Youth Mentors recently undertook a big, scary giving challenge and this is her story:

During my time as a Voluntary & Community Sector Connexions PA, I supported many vulnerable young people who had run away because they no longer felt safe in their own homes or were forced to leave due to complex issues including neglect, self-harming, conflict and violence at home, and many more serious issues. When I found out about “Safe At Last”, a charity that supports these young people, I immediately wanted to support this wonderful cause! To raise money and do an activity I had never done before (a real personal challenge!) I thought it would be a great idea to abseil down Baiting’s Dam which was 60ft down. I then went to abseil down the Humber Bridge which was 510ft and considerably trickier as it was a straight down! I raised £500 with both abseils, which I know would have contributed to much needed services! This project was especially important to me for personal and professional reasons and I feel very proud that I helped (in a very small way) the organisation grow and enable the Project to provide even more services to vulnerable young people.

 

Another of our Youth Mentors has fundraised for over 10 years and wants to spread his message:

I have fundraised for over 10 years for Christian Aid via the Church I attend. This involved me going from house to house, on the road I live, during Christian Aid week. I post the Christian Aid envelopes on the Sunday at the start of the week, then collect them the weekend after. I usually collect around £100 and it’s a good cause, helping the poorest in the World regardless of their religion!  Motivated by my faith, it’s also a good way to meet the neighbours… But not all of them are happy to see me though. Such is life.

 

That’s just a small sample of some of the amazing efforts that Sheffield Futures staff have given to the world and we hope you feel inspired!

If you would like to give something this Giving Tuesday, you can do something as simple as texting SHEF43 £5 to 70070 where all proceeds will go to supporting the vulnerable young people of this city.

We can all spare a little sometime to give, so join us this Giving Tuesday! What will you give?

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.