Your Safe Spaces #YouthWorkMatters

Your Safe Spaces #YouthWorkMatters

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The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is ‘SAFE SPACES’ something that Sheffield Futures knows all about. For thousands of young people, our youth clubs are a safe space to go, take part in recreational activities, meet and make new friends and learn the skills they need to succeed in life.

We asked young people what makes a safe space, why young people feel that the youth clubs are a safe space and how they could be improved to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming.

Sheffield Futures runs 49 youth activities each week, including many local youth clubs. We are pleased that 81% of young people felt safe at their youth club, and only 5% did not, the rest were undecided.

Our consultation found that 85% of young people felt safe where they live, but 9% did not, the rest were undecided.

As Sheffield Futures is based at Star House, on Division Street, we wanted to see whether young people felt safe in the city centre. Only 60% of young people felt safe in Sheffield City Centre, 29% did not and the rest were undecided. We asked the group whether they felt safe in public spaces, such as Meadowhall, or at big events and 70% said that they did feel safe, whilst 19% did not. Two people said that they’d been attacked and/or mugged.

16% of the young people asked through our consultation did not feel safe at school, but 73% did feel safe. We wanted to know whether young people feel safe in open spaces, like parks. 62% did, but 20% did not.

Transport is always one of the top youth issues and we consulted to see if young people felt safe whilst they were on public transport: 78% did, and 13% did not.

We consulted with the group to see if they felt safe in places of worship and 70% did, but 19% did not feel safe.

Jude Smith, Sheffield Youth Cabinet at the Safe Spaces consultation on International Youth Day.


The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is ‘SAFE SPACES’ something that Sheffield Futures knows all about. For thousands of young people, our youth clubs are a safe space to go, take part in recreational activities, meet and make new friends and learn the skills they need to succeed in life.

This month we are using our sessions in youth clubs to find out what makes a safe space, why young people feel that the youth clubs are a safe space and how they could be improved to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming.


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

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.