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Gail Gibbons CEO appointed Go Lab Fellow of Practice

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Our CEO Gail Gibbons has been nominated as a Fellow of Practice at the prestigious Government Outcomes Lab based at The Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University.

Go Lab hosts the global knowledge hub for those considering, designing and delivering new approaches to improve social outcomes. Each year Go Lab appoints a small group of leading practitioners from across the public, private and voluntary sectors to support the mission to advance research and practice in how governments tackle complex social needs.

Gail has been appointed as a Fellow of Practice as a result of experience developing the Social Impact Bonds model and outcomes based delivery. Gail has experience of leading two Social Impact Bonds (SIB) at Sheffield Futures. Future Shapers was a DWP Youth Engagement Fund SIB delivered between 2015-2018 – supporting young people ‘not in employment, education or training (NEET) or at risk of being NEET. Project Apollo (2018-2021) is a Department for Education (UK) Social Care Innovation Fund SIB supporting care leavers into education and employment.

‘It’s really exciting to have been appointed as a Fellow of Practice by Go Lab and I’m really looking forward to sharing knowledge and expertise built up through leading innovative approaches such as the SIB model at Sheffield Futures and contributing to such an important knowledge hub. I’m equally looking forward to working alongside other appointed Fellows who all share my passion for improving social outcomes for those most vulnerable in society.’ said Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures.

The position of Fellow of Practice is pro-bono and Fellows contribute in many different ways, from providing input to research and analytical work, speaking at events, authoring and reviewing papers, and sharing learning to strengthen the global community of practitioners. In 2020 the nine Fellows’ experience spans a range of sectors and countries. More information about Go Lab and the 2020 Fellows can be found here.

Support over the Christmas period

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Star House festive period opening times

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve – 8.30am –3.00pm

Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day – Closed

Thursday 26th December -Boxing Day – Closed

*Friday 27th December – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 28th December – Closed

*Monday 30th December-9.00am –5.00pm

*Tuesday 31st December –New Year’s Eve – 9.00am –3.00pm

Wednesday 1st January –New Year’s Day – Closed

Thursday 2nd January – 8.30am – 5.00pm

*Only Children’s Services and Youth Justice Service on these dates

Call 0114 201 2800 on open days for further information.

If you need to speak to someone urgently

Sheffield Mental Health Helpline: 0808 801 0440 (24 hours a day, free phone number)

Sheffield Mental Health out of hours: 0114 2716310

For other sources of support over the Christmas period

Substance misuse: The Corner

Online counselling, emotional health and wellbeing: Kooth 

In crisis? Shout, text Shout to 85258

The Samaritans – call 116 123

Talk to Frank – 0300 123 6600

Childline – 0800 1111

Youth club opening over the Christmas period

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North 

All Saints – Closed Tuesday 24 December and re-open on Tuesday 7 January.

Earl Marshall -Closed Wednesday 25 December and re-open on Wednesday 8 January.

Milan – Closed from Tuesday 24 December and re-open on Tuesday 7 January.

Osgathorpe – Closed from Monday 23 December and re-open on Monday 6 January.

Stocksbridge – Open on Monday 23 December. Closed from 24 December and re-open on Monday 6 January.

Shiregreen-Closed on Friday 27 December and re-open on Friday 10 January.

Verdon Street – Closed on Thursday 26 December and re-open on Thursday 9 January.

Wincobank – Open on Monday 23 December. Closed from 24 December and re-open Monday 6 January.

Wordsworth -Closed from Tuesday 24 December and re-open on Tuesday 7 January.

East

Com.Unity – Closed on Tuesday December 24 and will re-open from Monday 6 January.

DEC – Closed on Tuesday December 24 and will re-open from Monday 6 January.

Leo’s – Closed on Tuesday December 24 and will re-open from Monday 6 January.

Norfolk Park – Closed on Tuesday December 24 and will re-open from Thursday 2 January.

Tinsley – Closed on Wednesday December 25 and will re-open from Thursday 2 January.

Woodthorpe – Closed on Tuesday December 24 and will re-open from Monday 6 January.

West

Common Ground – Closed on Friday 27 December and re-open on Friday 3 January.

Herdings – Closed from Tuesday December 24 and re-open Friday 3 January.

Lowedges – Closed from Tuesday December 24 and re-open from Tuesday 7 January.

Star House – Thursday 26 December and re-open on Thursday 9 January.

U-Mix – Closed from Tuesday December 24 and re-open from Tuesday 7 January.

Youth Work Week 2019 blog: Young people treated fairly and equally 

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Simon is a Youth Work Team Leader at Sheffield Futures. As part of Simon’s role, he delivers Youth Sheffield in the North of the city. Youth Sheffield is Sheffield’s city wide youth service. Youth Sheffield provides safe spaces where young people can feel comfortable and confident and take part in enriching activities, keeping them safe and supported to make the most of their lives. For today’s #YWW19 theme, Simon talks about how Sheffield Futures works to ensure young people in Sheffield are treated fairly and equally.

I’m a professional youth worker and have been involved in youth work for the last 20 years. My role within Youth Sheffield is to oversee all the youth clubs and youth workers in the North of Sheffield.

To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, ‘If we can’t build a future for our youth, we must build our youth for the future.’ I believe that good quality, properly funded youth work can fulfil this function and as a society we owe it to young people to give them the best life chances.

Young people in Sheffield are starting from a very unfair and unequal position and unfortunately, the data shows how this trend is growing. To provide a flavour, in line with national trends, the most up-to-date data (August 2014) shows an increase in child poverty, with 24.7% of children recorded as living in poverty in Sheffield. That’s nearly a quarter of children. However there’s growing concern about increased differences in Sheffield between different parts of the city. In Ecclesall ward, 3.3% of children were living in poverty, whilst in Firth Park the figure was 14 times higher at 42.9% of children. The report suggests that there are clearly lots of causes of child poverty however that it’s likely the national welfare reforms are a significant driver of changes seen in levels of child poverty. Specifically the lower benefit cap that took effect in 2017 and has taken the number of households in Sheffield affected by the cap from 113 to an estimated 900 households. In total, those households contain 3,446 children. (Data taken from State of Sheffield Report 2017)

So, the playing field is far from equal yet Article 2 of the UN Convention rights of a child states that “No child should be treated unfairly on any basis”. This clearly sets out that no matter who you are, where you come from or your background you shouldn’t be treated unfairly because of this. Yet at some point in all our lives we have been treated unfairly or not as an equal to others based on our backgrounds, where we live as a result of perceived abilities in life or for other reasons.

Youth work readdresses this balance in that through coming into a youth work setting, young people are plugged into a range of support, advice and guidance as well as inspiring enrichment activities that act as a safety net and go some way to restore a sense of fair and equal treatment by society. In this setting they are exposed to positive role models. Our youth workers across the city are providing quality youth provision in safe and welcoming environments for young people. They treat all young people fairly and equally regardless of their post code, colour, creed, religious or political views or finances.  Through Youth Sheffield, we endeavour to put young people first and foremost, providing a safe and inspiring space where they are treated fairly and equally and are fully supported to make the best of their lives.

If you or a young person you know would benefit from getting involved in any of the initiatives mentioned here and would benefit from support please reach out to Sheffield Futures. Tel 0114 2012800 or enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Find out more about your community youth club here https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/things-to-do/

All youth clubs closed tonight – Thursday 7 November

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Due to the adverse weather conditions we have taken the decision to close all youth clubs across the city tonight. Please stay safe and dry.

Youth Work Week 2019 Blog: Active members of their communities and society

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Gail Gibbons is the CEO at Sheffield Futures, leading the charity to deliver initiatives that support young people including Youth Sheffield, Sheffield’s city wide youth service. Youth Sheffield provides safe spaces where young people can feel comfortable and confident and take part in enriching activities, keeping them safe and supported to make the most of their lives. For today’s #YWW19 theme, Gail talks about how Sheffield Futures works to encourage young people in Sheffield to be active members of their communities and society.

We strongly believe that all young people have the potential to play a positive and active role in their communities and wider society; and that it is critical that young people are provided with opportunities and supported to do just that. Youth work and the youth work delivery model provides the perfect platform for enabling young people to make a positive contribution to their communities. As well as building confidence, active citizenship through youth work enables young people to demonstrate their capacity to make a difference and to develop soft skills sought by employers. It also enables young people to see the world from others’ perspectives and to develop a broader and deeper understanding of our wider society.

Active citizenship includes young people taking part in formal decision making in local areas. For example, Sheffield Futures co-ordinates the bi-annual national Mark Your Mark Campaign for Sheffield – encouraging as many young people as possible from schools, colleges, youth clubs and organisations to vote for the issues most important to them. The issues gaining the most votes are then taken forward by young people through local and national campaigns and debated by UK Youth Parliament members in Westminster. Our elected Youth Cabinet represents young people across Sheffield, and takes forward issues important to young people on their behalf – making a real difference to how services are delivered in our city. At local level, youth voice is an important part of our youth clubs – where young people are consulted on our youth work curriculum so that it really meets their needs.

Each year hundreds of young people we work with are involved in volunteering and social action projects – giving back to their local communities. Sheffield Futures is a member of the national #iwill campaign – with young people leading on a wide range of social action initiatives. These have ranged from the Woodthorpe Youth Club Social Action Project – which has recently been nominated for a local Community Award; to young people taking part in the annual Keep Britain Tidy litter pick initiative; and involvement with a local youth organisation partnership to raise awareness around issues relating to young people and health.

Our young people have also been involved this year in a number of projects aimed at educating their peers, and supporting the development of local statutory services to enable them to be more relevant and responsive to young people. For example, as part of a Home Office funded Early Intervention Fund programme, Sheffield Futures has trained up a group of young people to act as peer mentors – working with young people in schools to raise awareness about the risks of knife crime and child criminal exploitation. We are also supporting South Yorkshire Police to set up a South Yorkshire Young People’s Independent Advisory Board; and our Young Advisors are supporting the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board to improve their practices.

Our young people have taken part in a wide range of festivals and events this year – raising awareness of issues which matter to them; and providing suggested solutions to some of the most challenging issues in society today. For example, our young people have led an event as part of the Festival of Debate; have taken part in the Migration Matters Festival; have been involved in Off the Shelf festival; and have an important role in the city’s Age Hub work. One of our Young Advisors also spoke at the recent Northern Powerhouse Conference about young people, work and skills.

If you or a young person you know would benefit from getting involved in any of the initiatives mentioned here and would benefit from support please reach out to Sheffield Futures. Tel 0114 2012800 or enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Find out more about your community youth club here https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/things-to-do/

 

Youth Work Week 2019 blog: Experiencing positive health and wellbeing

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Aaron Daniels is a Youth Work Team Leader at Sheffield Futures. As part of Aaron’s role, he delivers Youth Sheffield in the West of the city. Youth Sheffield is Sheffield’s city wide youth service. Youth Sheffield provides safe spaces where young people can feel comfortable and confident and take part in enriching activities, keeping them safe and supported to make the most of their lives. For today’s #YWW19 theme, Aaron talks about how Sheffield Futures works to ensure young people in Sheffield experience positive health and wellbeing.

Health and wellbeing issues are on the rise nationally and the issues are well documented, with issues and struggles such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and social isolation a common complaint for our young people.

A good way to think about our youth clubs is that they are a gateway for support. Youth clubs provide a platform for young people to engage in activities that have a positive effect on their health and well-being. Young people engage in a variety of activities that cover curriculum themes that include sports, arts and media and life skills. Youth workers frequently consult with young people to ensure that their needs are being met and their ideas are being valued. The stimulating and interactive nature of these activities encourages young people to socialise with others and strengthen their friendship groups.  Throughout the youth work process of relationship and trust building young people often feel able to speak about concerns or issues that are affecting their well-being.

A youth club offers a safe and confidential place for young people to talk, a fun and interactive environment where young people can make new friends and we provide opportunities for young people to take part in half term activities such as travelling outside of the city, meeting new people and exploring future aspirations.  Youth workers are able to listen to concerns around well-being and if appropriate signpost or make referrals to more specialist areas of support.

If we cannot offer the right support directly in our clubs and we identify a need, we enable young people to access the specialist support we have on offer at Sheffield Futures and through our network of partners for example, help with substance mis-use, sexual health, one to one support to get young people back on track, support to give young people a voice and emotional and wellbeing support through our Door 43 service.

If you or a young person you know is experiencing any of the issues mentioned here and would benefit from support please reach out to Sheffield Futures. Tel 0114 2012800 or enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Find out more about your community youth club here https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/things-to-do/

Sheffield author A F Stone pledges support for Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield author A F Stone has caused a bit of a buzz lately with the publication of her book The Raven Wheel – a gritty tale of the journey of three teenagers in Stoke on Trent where Amy grew up before moving to Sheffield fifteen years ago. Amy has also created a bit of a buzz here at our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing service as she’s kindly offered to donate 80 per cent of all proceeds of her book sold through The Porter Book Shop to Door 43, here at Sheffield Futures.

The Raven Wheel deals with some dark and realistic themes including mental illness, suicide, drug abuse and difficult relationships as it tracks the young lives of the three main characters. Talking about why Amy chose to pledge her support to Sheffield Futures she said, ‘I chose Sheffield Futures and specifically the Door 43 service because I was looking for a local charity that provides the kind of support needed for the issues raised in my book.’

‘The three main characters are affected by a lot of things including mental health problems, social isolation, sexual abuse, family breakdown and bullying and Sheffield Futures offers a great holistic approach that would help young people facing issues like that.’

Commenting on the support Gail Gibbons CEO at Sheffield Futures said, ‘It’s clearly brilliant that Amy has decided to donate proceeds from the sale of The Raven Wheel to help young people that access our Door 43 service and that the book shines a light on the reality of some young people’s lives and the help that’s needed. We want all young people that might be experiencing emotional health and wellbeing issues caused by any of the themes raised in the book to know that support is out there for them. We wish Amy all the best for the future and for the success of The Raven Wheel.’

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.

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 door43@sheffieldfutures.org.uk 

 

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 door43@sheffieldfutures.org.uk 

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.

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