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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 ucas.com 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 www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/i-need-help/door43/

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 fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk / 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 fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk / 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.

Spring at Herdings Youth Centre: Art & gardening therapy

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Iain Jones, Youth Worker at Herdings youth club comments on a piece of work that has made life for a young person and their family a little bit brighter.

‘I’ve been encouraging our young people to try and grow things for the community garden at Herdings. We’ve had success with sunflowers, almost 60 germinated, we’ve lost some to the slugs and the hot days but we have loads. We have also been doing some painting and utilising some old pieces of wood and producing small art works on wood, it’s more permanent than paper.

During one of our quiet sessions, which is rare, one of our young ladies was explaining her family circumstances, the family is stuck in a flat with a small balcony and she said things are a bit stressful, Dad’s having mental health problems and is trying to grow some plants as a bit of therapy. So she painted a lovely sun set with clouds and birds with the intention of giving it to Dad. I gave her some sun flowers to give to him. The next week she bounced into the club saying dad was pleased with the sunflowers and he had put her painting in his special place on the balcony and was over the moon with it.’

‘It’s only a simple thing but over the last few months we’ve had problems with crime and vandalism and a near fatal stabbing and it touched me that all this young lady wanted was to just make dad happy.’

Project to tackle criminal exploitation of young people begins in Sheffield

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Project 0114 – the partnership project set up with Home Office funding through Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner focussed on tackling child criminal exploitation and associated knife and gun crime across the city is underway. Sheffield Futures is leading the initiative in conjunction with Sheffield City Council, ACT Sheffield, The Unity Gym Project, St Marks Church, Broomhill, Manor Castle Development Trust, My Life Project, Princes Trust, and Change Grow Live (CGL).

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 Low Edges.

Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures comments, ‘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.’

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: ‘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.’

Celebrating PRIDE month 2019

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Pride 2019: Showing our support for LGBTQ people in our communities and across the world #Pride2019

June marks the start of a summer of Pride events in Sheffield and across the world where throughout the summer people will be coming together in celebration, protest, unity and solidarity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month.

The Stonewall riots, also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion,  were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

Pride Month is so important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBT community. Although attitudes and injustice still remain, we have come a long way since the riots of 1969 and by continuing in this long standing tradition we continue to raise awareness, improve the attitudes of society and encourage inclusiveness.

Pride in Sheffield

Pride in Sheffield is coming to Endcliffe Park on 27th July. Pride in Sheffield aims to strive to make Sheffield a safe city for all LGBTQ+ people every day, not just the day of Pride. Pride in Sheffield is a new Pride committee elected by the community to deliver Pride in 2019.

About Door 43

Door43 offers Sheffield’s 13 – 25 year olds support on a range of social, emotional, practical and health related issues.

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. For other times please call 0114 201 2800.

You can find out more about the activities and workshops on offer on the Sheffield Futures website www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/i-need-help/door43/

We also run a social prescribing service for young people aged 13-25. Much like going to the GP for a prescription if you’re physically ill, we can work with you to prescribe activities, services and practical support that can help with a range of issues you may be facing such as:

  • Loneliness and isolation: We can help you to make new friends or find groups to make connections with others through activities you’re interested in
  • Difficulty accessing housing, education or employment: We can provide practical support to make housing applications, coach you to understand opportunities for further education or with getting back into work
  • Low confidence, mood, wellbeing: We can support you to find ways to build confidence, improve mood and boost wellbeing and tackle any underlying issues you may have

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.

To celebrate and show support and solidarity for #Pride2019 as well as raise much needed funds for our Door 43 service you can purchase our rainbow charity wristbands here.

Support Sheffield’s young people by running the Sheffield 10k in September

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Sheffield Futures are looking for fundraisers to run the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k in September to help the charity to sustain and expand Door 43, enabling more young people across the city to reach the support that they need. Door 43 supports local 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.

This spring, the charity had their first runner in the London Marathon, with Irina Inayat raising a fantastic £653 for Sheffield Futures. Irina hopes that her run will inspire others to get their running shoes on in support of Sheffield Futures.

As an official charity partner for the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K, Sheffield Futures has places to offer in the event taking place on Sunday 22nd September 2019 and the charity are encouraging runners to book their places and begin training now.

Georgia Featherstone, Charity & Partnerships Executive at Event Organisers, Run For All, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have Sheffield Futures on board as an official partner charity for both the Sheffield Half Marathon and the Sheffield 10K. The atmosphere in Sheffield is always excellent and it’s inspiring to see so many runners of all abilities turning out to support so many deserving causes.’

The Sheffield 10k is a fantastic route, taking the runners from the crowds and atmosphere of the city centre, up the vibrant Ecclesall Road, around Endcliffe Park, ending on Arundel Gate.

Runners who sign up to run the Sheffield 10k for Sheffield Futures will receive a running t-shirt, water bottle and sports bag – as well as their places funded, with a minimum fundraising amount to reach. To sign up, please contact: Mark Cummins at fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call 0114 201 2841

Sheffield runners have been out in force, raising funds for local youth charity Sheffield Futures’ emotional wellbeing service Door 43.

Runners have tackled the city’s hills in the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon. Runner Natasha Bright said: ‘I wanted to raise funds for Door 43; it’s a vital service that could support many more young people.’

She continues: ‘I’d never run a half marathon before so I thought I’d start with the one on my doorstep. It was a brilliant experience with some fantastic views as you get out towards the Peak District and the crowd really carries you!’

About Door 43

Door43 offers Sheffield’s 13 – 25 year olds support on a range of social, emotional, practical and health related issues.

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 on Wednesdays. Please call 0114 201 2800 for further information and appointments.

You can find out more about the activities and workshops on offer on the Sheffield Futures website www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/i-need-help/door43/

We also run a social prescribing service for young people aged 13-25. Much like going to the GP for a prescription if you’re physically ill, we can work with you to prescribe activities, services and practical support that can help with a range of issues you may be facing such as:

  • Loneliness and isolation: We can help you to make new friends or find groups to make connections with others through activities you’re interested in
  • Difficulty accessing housing, education or employment: We can provide practical support to make housing applications, coach you to understand opportunities for further education or with getting back into work
  • Low confidence, mood, wellbeing: We can support you to find ways to build confidence, improve mood and boost wellbeing and tackle any underlying issues you may have.

For those that would rather, there is also the option to book appointments.

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.

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.