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World Mental Health Day 2019: A short conversation can really make the difference

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It’s World Mental Health Day today and this year the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen the theme of suicide prevention.

At our emotional health and wellbeing centre Door 43, our service is focussed on early intervention and is a preventative mental health service for 13-25 year olds that aims to stop mental health conditions in their tracks before they turn into more serious issues. It’s one of only a few of its kind in the country and since its inception the service has been very much in demand with the majority self-referring with issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood often caused by the overwhelming demands that modern life places on today’s young people.

Dan White, Head of Targeted Services and Health said, ‘It’s a good time to remind ourselves this World Mental Health Day that just a small conversation with someone can make a huge difference to a young person’s state of mind.’

‘Here at our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing centre at Star House we offer a preventative service focussed on intervening early with young people, to open up conversations and hopefully stop more serious issues in their tracks.’

‘We know that young people can be put off accessing mental health services as they associate these environments with the stress and anxiety that is often fuelling their issues. Our Door 43 service ensures we can offer a safe and welcoming space for young people to openly talk about their feelings and access early preventative support in a completely neutral environment where they can literally get away from it all, clear their head and become ready to access the support they need.’

‘Door 43 integrates a range of health and wellbeing support under one roof, giving young people the flexibility they need in terms of access to different specialist support services such as counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and mechanisms for referral for those who require specialist mental health assessment. We also offer social prescribing for young people. Much like going to the GP for a prescription, where we deem appropriate, we can prescribe therapeutic activities that young people show an interest in. ’

‘We have seen very encouraging results from Door 43 so far and it’s really heartening to see the positive impact we’re having on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Sheffield’s young people.’

When talking about how the Door 43 service has helped him, Darren Jenks a young person who has accessed Door 43 in the past said,’Door43 is a place I can go and offload about what has happened in my week. I don’t feel judged by the staff; they are all so easy to talk to. I feel like having that space every week makes a massive difference to my mood.’

‘When I’ve got loads of stuff going on in my head, I can come in to see someone at Door43 and they help me to make sense of it all and we can make a plan together and I feel so much better.’

Young people can drop in to the Door 43 wellbeing café at Star House on Division Street on a Tuesday between 5-7pm or on Wellbeing Wednesday 11-4pm and on a Saturday 9.30-1pm. Our wellbeing workers can assess a young person’s level of need and provide appropriate support or refer young people on to more appropriate services through our referral network. Call 0114 201 800 or 

Joe Carnall of Milburn fame talking to a young person at the Door 43 wellbeing café

We welcome Government pledge to invest £500m in youth centres

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The Chancellor has pledged £500m over five years for youth centres and services across the country.

Our CEO, Gail Gibbons, responded to the news by saying investment in good quality youth work is needed now more than ever.

Gail, said: “We very much welcome this pledge from the Government to invest in much needed youth services.

“After years of significant cuts affecting youth services in the Sheffield and South Yorkshire region, we hope this latest announcement signals the start of sustained long term investment in youth services.

“In recent years, we have seen the growth in serious youth violence, risk of exploitation and the rise in young people’s mental health and emotional well-being problems.

“We very much look forward to seeing the details behind this pledge and seeing it come to fruition. We are ready and waiting to welcome this investment in our region and to work collaboratively with partners and young people to make the vision a reality in our communities.”

Our charity runs youth clubs across Sheffield and our Community Youth Teams support young people aged ten to 18, through one-to-one support, group work programmes, in youth centres and out in their communities.

Get sorted this September with Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield Futures is running a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5 September for 16-18 year olds who haven’t yet planned their next steps for further education, training or employment.

Young people who have just finished their exams or are aged 16 -18 and not currently in education, training or employment can come along to Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm to find out more about options.

Led by the Sheffield Training Provider network, training providers from across the region will be on hand to discuss the wide ranging options available and answer questions from parents and young people about their next steps.

Commenting on the opportunity for young people, Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employer Services says, ‘It’s fantastic to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to come in and talk to training providers from across the region about the options available to them going forward.’

‘It’s not just about the traditional routes into further education, there are lots of opportunities available, from further vocational or work related and life skills training to apprenticeships and college courses, so we really encourage young people and parents to come along and find options that are right for them.’

‘There are some really exciting opportunities, like the 12 week placement offered by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue which involves being based in a state of the art fire station. The placement will focus on valuable life skills like teamwork, motivation and building confidence.’ She continues.

Get Sorted is on Thursday 5 September at Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm. Training providers in attendance include Sheffield College, CTS Training, Wildes Education Programme, Learning Curve, Pet Xi, Princes Trust Team Programme and South Yorkshire Police.

Sheffield Futures provides careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield and advisers will be available on the day.

Find us at Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE. 0114 201 2800

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for GCSE results day

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Sheffield’s students have come to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating today but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or do even better than expected? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – who delivers careers advice in schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to consider on results day 

  1. Stay calm so you can think clearly
  2. If things haven’t panned out as you wanted, contact the sixth form or college where you hoped to study. They may have arranged for a member of staff to be in your school on results day or you may already have an appointment to go and enrol. If not, get on the phone to them and explain your situation. They will talk to you about alternatives and may be able to offer you another course.
  3. A change of course? Look at other courses where the entry requirements fit with your grades. There may be staff available in the school or college before term starts in September who can provide you with the information you need. Some of the bigger institutions like Sheffield College may hold a ‘clearing’ event where you can call in and find about courses that are still available. Check their websites for more information and dates.
  4. What about an apprenticeship? You would have a paid job and also study alongside this. There are different types of apprenticeship. You may still need some good grades at GCSE but some use their own tests instead. You can find out more by talking to Sheffield Futures.
  5. Traineeships and study programmes. These can give you work experience along with help job hunting and work preparation, plus support with English and Maths. They don’t pay a wage but can be a good way of gaining the skills and experience that employers want.
  6. Getting help with job hunting. If you decide getting a job is the way forward for you then you can also contact us here at Star House. Our team can help you with CVs, job hunting and interview preparation.

Sarah Traynor, Careers & Information Adviser at Sheffield Futures comments. ‘If you don’t get the GCSE results you wanted then don’t panic, stay calm so that you can think clearly.’

‘It’s a good time to take stock and think about all your options as you still have plenty available, from paid apprenticeships to traineeships and study programmes or other paid work.’

Sheffield Futures’ advisors will be on hand provide one to one support for students in the following schools today. These schools have supported Sheffield Futures to provide careers advice and guidance.

  • All Saints Catholic High
  • Birley Community College
  • Bradfield School
  • Fir Vale School
  • Forge Valley
  • Handsworth Grange
  • High Storrs
  • Hinde House
  • King Ecgbert School
  • Newfield School
  • Sheffield Park Academy
  • Stocksbridge High School
  • Yewlands Academy
  • Westfield

Young people looking for advice and guidance with regards to next steps after GCSEs and also emotional support can drop in to Star House today between 11-4pm for support from our youth workers and Door 43 wellbeing workers.

Sheffield Futures is also holding a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5th September at Star House, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, for young people looking for a place in work, training or education.

Outside of school careers advice sessions, students can call Star House on 0114 2012800

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for A-Level results day

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With A Level results day looming, Sheffield’s students are coming to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating on Thursday 15th August, but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or even if you do better than expected? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – responsible for delivering careers advice in many schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to do if you don’t get the grades you need:

  1. Don’t panic. It’s important to stay calm so that you can act quickly. You are one of many young people who may not have the results they need to secure a place and if you’re panicking, you won’t be able to think clearly and act quickly to access the best courses left. It’s really useful to use UCAS before results day to check which courses still have places so that you’re fully prepared and have a plan B in your back pocket.
  2. Go on ‘UCAS Track’ to see if you have secured a place. If your ‘Track’ status hasn’t been updated, it means the university is still making a decision. Call them and ask if they will still take you. There may be a chance you will still be accepted if you have narrowly missed your grades. If your chosen institution (or your insurance offer, if you have one) won’t accept you then you will go into the UCAS clearing process.

However if ‘Track’ states that you’re in ‘Clearing’ then it means that you haven’t been offered a place, and you should keep calm – but act quickly.

  1. Check the UCAS website for all University places still available through clearing. The official list is published on and many universities also publish their places on their own websites. If you’ve already done some research and know where else you would like to go, then you will have a head start. You don’t have to stick to your original choice, of course.

If you like the look of a course then call them. The idea is to persuade them to make you an informal offer over the phone so do some research beforehand and treat the phone call like an informal interview. You will need your Clearing number and Personal ID.

  1. Again don’t panic and make sure you look at the clearing places and courses carefully. Consider what it might be like to live in that place. How far is it from home and is the course right for you? Try and visit if at all possible, especially if you haven’t already been to the university. Many of them hold open events in the days immediately following your results. It is important to attend these, as they will give you a real feel for the place and the course.
  2. If you’re happy with the course and university and if they’ve made you an informal offer then make an official application through UCAS Track. Only do this if you have spoken to the university or college and have their agreement.

If you’ve met your offer and changed your mind or done better than expected:

  1. There’s a brand new option this year on UCAS Track called ‘Self Release’ which will allow you to turn your place down and enter clearing.
  2. If you have not only met but exceeded your offer then there is still UCAS Adjustment, which allows you to apply for other courses without first having to give up your place.

‘It’s expected that there will be some good options in clearing this year. There are also signs that more young people are choosing to wait until they get their results before applying to university.’ Says Sarah Traynor, Careers Information Adviser at Sheffield Futures.

‘A really important thing to do is to prepare in advance, and decide on second and third choices so that you can act quickly if you find yourself in the university clearing process. If you’ve got the details of these institutions to hand, you’re not going to be wasting valuable time researching. How quickly you act may be the difference between securing a place you will thrive in, versus one where you may not.’ She continues.

Sheffield Futures provides the careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield.

A level results day this year is Thursday 15th August 2019.

Help from Sheffield Futures

Sheffield Futures careers advisers may be in school or college on results day. For careers advice at Star House on Division Street please call 0114 201 2800 for an appointment.

For any young people looking at alternatives to university, such as apprenticeships, Sheffield Futures are holding a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5th September at Star House, between 12noon and 2.00pm.

Milburn frontman Joe Carnall lends his support to young people’s emotional health & wellbeing service Door 43

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Joe Carnall of Milburn fame has pledged his support as an ambassador for Door 43 – Sheffield Futures’ emotional health and wellbeing service for young people.

Surprising the young people at a special Tramlines themed wellbeing café at the bespoke wellbeing zone at Sheffield Futures on Division Street, Joe popped in to add some star quality to the evening. ‘It was so fantastic when Joe turned up, I couldn’t believe it. I’m a massive fan’ said Anna Jones, Wellbeing café attendee and volunteer.

‘It’s likely we all know someone who has had problems with mental health and I think it’s really important to help young people and give them the tools to get them through dark times.’ Says Joe.

‘That’s why I’m supporting Door 43, so more young people can access the service, hang out with mates and have fun in a safe space at the wellbeing cafes but importantly they can access support on their own terms, if and when they need it.’ He continues.



Door43 offers Sheffield’s 13 – 25 year olds support on a range of social, emotional, practical and health related issues and runs a weekly wellbeing café on Tuesday’s 5-7pm at Star House, Division Street.

Door43 at Sheffield Futures on Division Street is staffed by youth workers, counsellors, substance misuse workers, sexual health workers, careers advisors, volunteers as well as peer supporters.

Young people can drop in at Door43, Sheffield Futures, Division Street, Wednesday 11-4pm or at the wellbeing café on Tuesdays 5-7pm. For other times please call 0114 201 2800.

Find out more about the activities and workshops on offer on the Sheffield Futures website

Social prescribing

Door 43 also runs a social prescribing service for young people aged 13-25. Much like going to the GP for a prescription if you’re physically ill, Door 43 will prescribe activities, services and practical support that can help with a range of issues such as loneliness and isolation, difficultly accessing housing, education and employment and low confidence, mood and wellbeing.

If you know a young person or young people that you feel may benefit from the service you can refer them to the service by calling 0114 201 2774.

You can find out more about becoming an ambassador here 

Fundraise for children and young people in Sheffield who need it most

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Wear your jeans for teens and raise funds for young people in Sheffield who need it most #Jeansforteens

On Friday 9 August show your support for Sheffield’s young people by wearing jeans for teens. Set up a non-uniform day in your office with a suggested £1 donation and all proceeds will go to Youth Sheffield – the service offering safe spaces off the streets for young people to grow and thrive. With youth services being cut and child criminal exploitation and associated knife crime on the rise, funds are needed to keep our young people away from risk, in safe spaces where they can grow and thrive.

For a fundraising pack please contact / 0114 201 2841. Don’t forget to share your #jeansforteens pics with us @SheffFutures Insta: SheffieldFutures

Run the 10K for Sheffield’s emotional wellbeing service for young people – Door 43

September will see the 2019 Sheffield 10K. Run for Sheffield Futures and help to expand Door 43, enabling more young people across the city to reach the support that they need. Door 43 at Star House on Division Street supports 13 – 25 year olds with their mental health by offering a weekly drop-in, one-to-one sessions and a social prescribing service – aiming to get young people into social activities as a way to manage their emotional wellbeing.

For a fundraising pack please contact / 0114 201 2841

Official launch event: Project 0114, tackling child criminal exploitation

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Last night marked the official launch of Project 0114 – the project to tackle child criminal exploitation and associated gun and knife crime across the city. Led by Sheffield Futures and delivered in partnership with organisations across the city, the project, is set up with Home Office funding through Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner.  Project delivery partners are Sheffield City Council, ACT Sheffield, The Unity Gym Project, Broomhall Girls Group, Manor Castle Development Trust, My Life Project, Princes Trust, and Change Grow Live (CGL).

Speaking at the event Dr Alan Billings said ‘When I speak to young people the message is clear that they’re most worried about stabbings nowadays, and that’s got to change.’

‘Criminal gangs are targeting younger people, encouraging them to get involved in criminality. Young people, looking for friendship, are drawn into the gang and through the simple task of carrying a package, may be taking the first steps towards criminal behaviour.’

‘We all need to work together in partnership to educate young people and offer early intervention to ensure they understand the risks and can make good decisions – if approached by organised crime gangs.’ he continued.

Project delivery partners running activities with young people at the event included The Corner, Unity Gym, Sheffield City Council, Broomhall Girls Group, My Life Project and Manor Castle Development Trust as well as Sheffield Futures charity partners GB Boxing who attended to run workshops with young people along with England Netball.

From June onwards, year seven pupils in secondary schools across the city, along with year six children in primary schools in targeted areas, will have six information and skills-based sessions focussed on preventing child criminal exploitation and exploring the effects of knife and gun crime. The series of sessions will be co-delivered by youth workers and specially trained young people in schools.

Young people will be provided with information about how they can seek support to move away from serious youth violence and to understand their rights and responsibilities in this area. This element will form a key strand of the new Violent Crime and Organised Criminality (VCOC) strategy in Sheffield.

A second strand to the programme will see youth work activities delivered for young people in targeted areas to provide safe spaces where they can benefit from the strengths and experience of delivery partners, learning new and inspiring arts, music, media and sports skills. The five areas of the city as identified in the VCOC strategy are Broomhall, North East Sheffield, Manor Castle/Arbourthorne, Burngreave/Pitsmoor and Lowedges.

Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures said, ‘Through Project 0114, we hope to equip our children and young people to be able to steer clear of the serious threat that comes from organised crime, child criminal exploitation and the associated violent crime we are unfortunately seeing become more and more frequent across the city. And, in the areas we know are being targeted by criminals intent on exploiting our young people we hope to engage children in inspiring activities and at the same time offer safe spaces where young people can learn and thrive.’

Fundraising events 2019 / 20

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Find out more about our upcoming fundraising events and celebrate and be inspired by the fantastic achievements of our supporters here in our Fundraising Booklet

Focus on Careers, Information, Advice & Guidance (CIAG): Inspiring students in Sheffield schools

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Over the last few months our careers advisers in schools across the city have been getting involved in exciting inspirational initiatives for young people. Here we focus on a new careers hub launched at Handsworth Grange school and an exciting visit at Forge Valley School from BBC Bitesize.

New careers hub at Handsworth Grange 

On the Seventh of March Handsworth Grange School launched a new careers hub. Sponsored by Henry Boot, the hub is a dedicated careers space where young people can come to use IT equipment and speak to Sheffield Futures Careers Adviser Amy Cooke about careers, pathways to qualification / employment, progression opportunities and advice on what to do next. “It is a place where students know they can come to start doing research and ask questions,” Amy said. ‘Before this they didn’t know where to go if they had questions so now they’ve got a space and they’ve got resources and it is a fantastic opportunity to raise aspirations.’

You can read more on this story in The Star from Friday the 8th March here.

BBC Bitesize at Forge Valley School 

Year Nine and Ten children at Forge Valley School had a visit from the team at BBC Bitesize Tour who came in to talk about all the different careers the BBC has in its creative and media department. Young people had the opportunity to learn about rigging up video and sound equipment as well as listening to specialists talk about their roles in media and broadcasting. One of the speakers was a specialist in prosthetics who had worked on all of the Harry Potter films, Dr Who and the Worst Witch. ‘It gave the pupils a feel for an industry that a lot of them may not have ever considered and let them into a world they may never have had access to for consideration. This is just invaluable.’ says Amy Cooke, Sheffield Futures Careers Adviser at the school.

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