Nathan Peterson’s inspirational story (so far…)

Nathan Peterson’s inspirational story (so far…)

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Nathan Peterson is a young ambassador for Sheffield Futures with an inspirational story. As a looked after child, Nathan didn’t have the easiest upbringing, and he has made it his mission to ensure that vulnerable people get the best they can out of life. He isn’t one to preach his sob story, though; in his usual humble manner, he summarised it as “Growing up in care, I just wanted to make a difference”.

Nathan was first introduced to Sheffield Futures as part of the permanence and throughcare service, where he became involved with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In partnership with the trust, he ran a charity event at Old Sharrow Junior School, organising ample entertainment with DJ’s, bouncy castles and stalls. Attracting guests like the Lord Mayor, this event was a resounding success; it’s no surprise that he was invited to become an ambassador for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as well as Sheffield Futures.

Nathan’s second event was organised to raise money for the Darnall Dementia Group, a charity close to his heart as they support his Nan. Nathan’s group brought together local football teams with members of the South Yorkshire Fire Service and South Yorkshire Police Officers for a fundraising five-a-side tournament. This well attended event had no entry fee, but managed to raise plenty of money for a good cause. There was something for everyone – football, cake stalls, bric-a-brac and ample catering.

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Nathan’s involvement with this event inspired him down a new career path. Now employed as a care worker, Nathan found the 5-day intensive training process “Challenging” but rewarding: he said “Doing this course has made my life turn in a different direction. As well as supporting young people, I have decided to help older people as well.”

His latest project involves the Cathedral Archer Project, an appeal to give a homeless person a warm and loving Christmas. He is asking for donations of sleeping bags, rucksacks, blankets, underwear and socks, tinned or packeted food, hats, scarfs and gloves, which will be given directly to the people who need it most.

As Nathan was telling us his story, he got a phone call – while he politely offered to decline it, we told him we’d wait. It’s a good thing he took the call – it turned out to be a care centre offering him an interview.

Having contributed to the community as much in his 18 years as many do in a lifetime, we’re confident he’ll find a way to follow his passion of helping people. Alongside his aspirations to become a support worker, Nathan is looking into starting a charity alongside the group who helped run the events – so watch this space!

Nathan’s advice for all people, young or old, is “If an opportunity presents itself, don’t let it slide. Take them as they come.”

If you would like to become a Sheffield Futures Ambassador please contact us via ambassadors@sheffieldfutures.org.uk.

 

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