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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.

Mental health awareness week 2019: Social media. Remember, IT’S NOT REAL LIFE

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Mental health awareness week 2019: Body image

Social media lifestyle: Remember, IT’S NOT REAL LIFE

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body image – how we think and feel about our bodies. This year Door 43 – the emotional health and wellbeing service at youth charity Sheffield Futures is building on this theme and raising awareness of the importance of remembering it’s not real life, when faced with mega edited selfies and seemingly perfect lifestyles on the likes of Instagram as well as aps that allow you to self-edit your image like FaceTune.

‘Body image can have a massive impact on young peoples’ self-esteem and confidence. The way they think they are viewed by others and the way they picture themselves in their minds and even in the mirror can make young people feel uncomfortable in their own skin, anxious, unhealthy or disempowered.’ Says Rochelle Lowe, Health and Wellbeing Practitioner at Sheffield Futures.

‘The media including social media has a massive role to play in what young people see as ‘normal’ and the amount of time spent online alongside the prevalence of online tools such as FaceTune – which literally allow you to alter your image – means it’s getting more and more difficult for young people to stay in reality.’

‘Too much exposure to Instagram, where people’s lives are so perfect, can make young people feel like they are failing and now with the onset of aps that actually let you make changes to the way you look too can be incredibly damaging. They reinforce negative feelings about body image and can ultimately lead to more serious emotional health problems such as anxiety low self-esteem as well as encouraging cyber bullying where young people literally feel like they can’t get away from negative attitudes.’

It’s encouraging to see that some Insta sensations such as Essena O’Neil have actively rejected their Insta lives and instead are exposing the unrealistic images they have previously posted as ‘Not real life’ with the aim of raising awareness of the damage unrealistic images can do to self-esteem and in some cases mental and physical health.

‘All the images we see are edited in some way and are in no way a true representation of that person’s life. Trying to live up to said pictures is simply unachievable without hurting yourselves. The sooner we realise it’s not real the better.’ Says Kate Hardy, Sheffield Futures Young Advisor and ex Member of Youth Parliament for Sheffield.

Door 43’s top tips for a positive body image

  • Limit your exposure to social media: Reduce your amount of social and media access. Be aware of images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body and remember that these images may have been edited. If someone or something is making you feel bad online then avoid it as far as you can. If it gets out of control then report it to a responsible adult.
  • Keep a top-10 list of things you like about yourself: Things that are not related to how much you weigh or what you look like. Read your list often.
  • Remind yourself that true beauty is not skin-deep: Look at yourself as a whole person, beauty is a state of mind and not a state of body.
  • Surround yourself with positive friends and family: It is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around people of the same age or family who are supportive and who boost your self-confidence by praising you, making you feel good about yourself.
  • Treat your body kindly: Do nice things for yourself to relax like having a bubble bath, exercising, eating healthily and drinking lots of water as well as doing things like sport, arts and cultural activities that you are good at and you enjoy.

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.

Exam season 2019: Top tips from Door 43 on managing exam stress

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We’re fully into exam season with Sheffield’s young people taking SATs, GCSEs and A levels over the coming weeks. That’s why our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing workers have put together their top tips for young people sitting their exams this year.

Taking exams can be a real trigger for stress in young people who without the strategies to effectively deal with stress can find themselves becoming completely unable to focus, take in the information when revising and ultimately do themselves justice in the exam hall.

How to spot the signs that a young person isn’t dealing well with exam stress

‘If your child seems worried, tense and is getting headaches or tummy pains, isn’t sleeping and is more irritable than usual these can be signs that productive pressure is turning into negative stress.’ says Rochelle Lowe, Health & Wellbeing Practitioner at Door 43.

‘They may also lose interest in food or eat more than normal or seem disinterested in activities they usually enjoy, or just seem negative and low in their mood.’ Rochelle continues.

‘If you’re a parent or carer it’s important to spot these signs so you can intervene and support them and help to keep things in perspective.’

Top tips for young people to help deal with exam stress

  1. Create a revision timetable, that includes regular comfort breaks
  2. As part of this, prioritise the subjects you feel less confident in but make sure your plan covers all subjects
  3. Remove distractions such as mobile phones/tablets/ games consoles
  4. Get regular exercise even if it’s a walk around the house/garden and some fresh air
  5. Eat healthy snacks and drink plenty of water
  6. Avoid social media to stop procrastinating
  7. Recognise if you’re over doing it, if you begin to feel stressed or anxious take a break
  8. On the day of the exam don’t try to cram
  9. Make sure you have a healthy breakfast, even if all you can manage is a banana & plenty of water
  10. Remember once you’re in the exam hall, don’t panic. If you feel overwhelmed take deep breaths and re-focus
  11. Once the exam is finished and you’re out of the exam hall, don’t go away and obsess about things you can’t change, for example working out your mark. Look forwards, focus on the next exam or celebrate that you have one less exam to do!

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.

Sheffield Futures shortlisted for ERSA employability awards 2019

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Sheffield Futures’ Talent Match project has been shortlisted for the youth employment category at the ERSA employability awards. The awards celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals working in partnership to help jobseekers in their journey towards, into and progression in work. The youth employment category celebrates the achievements of employment services providers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment in delivering employment services for young adults.

For the last five years, Talent Match Sheffield City Region (TMSCR) has turned life around for over 2,500 young people in the Sheffield City Region who were furthest away from the job market. Across the Sheffield City Region, from Doncaster to Barnsley, Rotherham to North East Derbyshire, a team of 23 coaches worked one-to-one with 18-24 year-olds who had been jobless for over a year and were struggling with a wide range of life issues. Their barriers to work included learning disabilities, mental health problems, homelessness, single parenthood, care leavers and were compounded by a range of emotional, practical and skills based barriers.

Talent Match (TM) was a £106 million programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund to address unemployment amongst 18-24 year olds, delivered between 2014 and 2018 through partnerships in 21 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas in England. Through personalised, flexible, ‘test and learn’ provision which addressed needs and aspirations, the programme sought to support young people who were furthest from the labour market facing multiple barriers in securing employment. Participation in the programme was voluntary. Talent Match was co-designed by and co-delivered with young people.

The awards will be held in London on Thursday 20 June. Watch this space…..

Day of action a success for Woodthorpe youth club

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Friday the 5th April saw the Woodthorpe young people’s campaign to revamp their youth club, Woodthorpe Social Action Project (WSAP), spring to life as volunteers from local businesses Loadhog, as well as staff and young people from Sheffield Futures and local artist Marcus Method picked up their paintbrushes and set about transforming the space.

Woodthorpe, an estate in Sheffield and an area of high deprivation and anti-social behaviour currently has a youth club but attendees feel that more could be done to attract new club members who could hugely benefit from being part of the group. Youth workers in Woodthorpe have supported young people at the Sheffield Futures club to form WSAP.

‘The day has been a great success. It’s so fantastic to see the community spirit come alive with all the young people rallying together to transform their space.’ says Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures.

‘We’re really thankful to the six employees from Loadhog who have spent their day helping as well as donating funds for the paint. And we were all thrilled when local visual artist Marcus Method said he would create a wonderful mural for the building. Also a huge thanks to Sheffield City Council for their pledge to put a new floor into the club and importantly thank you to representatives from All About You and Sheffield Futures staff, young people and supporters for rolling their sleeves up and making today such a success.’ Gail continues.

MP for Sheffield Heeley Louise Haigh also attended on the day. ‘In recent months, I’ve been working with local councillors, the TARA, and the Police to tackle the serious crime and anti-social behaviour that have been taking place in Woodthorpe. The volunteers involved with the Woodthorpe Social Action Project hope that improvements to the youth club will also help the situation by providing a safe space and positive activities for young people.’ says Louise.

‘We should commend these young people who are taking the initiative to provide a better place for their friends and the local community as a whole. If you’d like to support their efforts, you can help by donating your time, money, or materials to redecorate the club.’ Louise continues. You can read more about Louise’s visit on her blog here.

Local visual artist Marcus Method has transformed the main room of the club with a fantastic, colourful mural.

Marcus Method is a Sheffield based visual artist. He works mainly on large scale painting projects although he also makes studio paintings, small sculptures and creates digital work.

WSAP are enthusiastic to do something positive for young people in their area. They are meeting weekly to discuss ideas, organise fundraisers, create videos and plan the redecoration of their youth club. WSAP are still looking for donations and funds to help them make the youth club fully for purpose.

WSAP is fundraising and asking the local community for cash and equipment donations to improve the club, if you can help, please see: http://ow.ly/OHSh30o6pAE

 

Woodthope youngsters’ drive to transform community centre

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Woodthorpe youngsters’ drive to transform community centre

A group of inspirational young people, looking to transform their youth club have started a campaign to revamp it into a welcoming space that will attract more young people in the community.  

Woodthorpe, an estate in Sheffield and an area of high deprivation and anti-social behaviour currently has a youth club but attendees feel that more could be done to attract new club members who could hugely benefit from being part of the group.

Youth workers in Woodthorpe have supported young people at the Sheffield Futures club to form the Woodthorpe Social Action Project (WSAP).

‘We want to make the club more homely and inviting for people who haven’t been or maybe don’t even know Woodthorpe has a youth club. Youth club is a safer place than hanging around on the streets and somewhere that young people can come and have fun, get involved with positive activities and be with their mates. We want to make it look better and we’re going to get involved as much as we can. We’ve written letters to MPs and Councillors letting them know what we’re doing and inviting them to come down and see the club.Says Cole,founder of the WSAP.

‘We’ve made a list of things we would really like to change about the club and are working on a plan with our youth worker at Sheffield Futures that includes a day of social action on the 5th April in the Easter holidays, where we are going to get involved in making the transformation happen working towards a grand unveiling in August.’ Says Ash, co-founder of WSAP.

‘We’re also really excited as Marcus Method, a Sheffield artist has kindly offered to do a mural for the club which is brilliant!’ Says Ash.

WSAP are enthusiastic to do something positive for young people in their area. They are meeting weekly to discuss ideas, organise fundraisers, create videos and plan the redecoration of their youth club. Gary Beatson from Sheffield City Council (SCC) was impressed by WSAP’s promotional video, which shows the group discussing the project and their plans for the youth club. Gary has since met the group and, after discussing the project with Senior FM Managers in SCC, they have kindly pledged to fit a new floor and lighting for the SCC-owned venue, which will go a long way to transform the space.

Commenting on the WSAP Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley and Shadow Policing Minister says ‘It’s fantastic to see such inspirational young people working hard to bring benefits for the whole of the Woodthorpe community. These young men and women are taking the initiative and working hard to provide a better place for their friends to be as well as the whole community and that is to be commended.’

Local business Loadhog have pledged to provide six volunteers to assist with the re-decoration of the youth club, painting the walls in colours that have been approved by all youth club attendees. On Friday 5th April, volunteers, WSAP, Sheffield Futures youth workers and colleagues will work hard to transform the space.

WSAP is fundraising and asking the local community for cash and equipment donations to improve the club, if you can help, please see: http://ow.ly/OHSh30o6pAE

WSAP are looking for good quality donations that will stand the test of time in a busy youth club:

Main room:

  1. Decorating materials – all prep materials and paint
  2. Furnishings – soft furnishings, 4 sofas, chairs, picture frames, roller blinds, disco ball!

Chill room:

  1. Furnishings – sofa and soft furnishings

Kitchen:

  1. Fridge
  2. New kitchen & installation

Music room:

  1. CD Mixer
  2. Earphones
  3. Storage
  4. Chairs
  5. USB / SCART lead
  6. Mixer stand

Could you help WSAP? You can make a cash donation here http://ow.ly/OHSh30o6pAE or call 07766 751 614 or email fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk if you have time or skills to help.

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Media contacts

For more information and associated imagery please contact:

Sadie White, Media and Communications Officer

Email: sadie.white@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 6622

Natasha Bright, Marketing and Communications Co-coordinator

Email: tash.bright@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Notes to the Editor – About Sheffield Futures

We are an independent charity, which supports young people and adults to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life. We deliver a wide range of services to young people and adults from our city-centre multi-agency one-stop-shop and from our delivery sites in local communities.

We are passionate about making sure that young people’s voices are at the heart of everything we do, and have a particular focus on working with disadvantaged and hard to reach young people and communities.

We work closely with our partners across the statutory; voluntary, community, faith; and private sectors to work together to support young people, adults and communities towards a better future – and we welcome opportunities for furthering our partnership work

Happy Days for Corey

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At the launch of our project to support care leavers into sustained education, employment and training at Star House last month, Corey talked about his passion for cycles and how he wanted to work building and repairing cycles. An attendee at the event from Efficiency North spoke to Faye Campbell, Project Co-ordinator after the event and said that she had a contact at a social enterprise project who build, repair and sell cycles and that they may be able to work with Corey to help him achieve his aspiration.

Happy Days Cycles is a social enterprise business based in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. All profits go towards funding work to support the homeless in West Yorkshire.

Project worker Robeina made contact with Dave Fawcett at Happy Days who really kindly  came to Sheffield to meet Corey and Robeina and was so impressed by Corey that he offered to give him a taster day at the project. It was agreed that Corey would come in to the workshop and build a cycle which he would then be able to keep.  As Corey has just joined the newly formed Care Leavers Mountain Bike group set up by Dave Cohen, Leaving Care Service Manager, this was great news! Robeina and Corey had a brilliant day and Corey returned home with his cycle.

‘This opportunity has provided Corey with an invaluable taste of working in the cycle trade and the opportunity to complete further work experience with Happy Days and gain a reference. Our employer engagement officer Alex Leonard is currently working on sourcing an opportunity for Corey at a local cycle retailer. These opportunities are fantastic for our young people – what a fantastic opportunity for Corey. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Happy Days Cycles for making Corey’s experience so fantastic and encouraging him to pursue this line of work.’ Faye Campbell, Project Apollo Co-ordinator.

Corey with his bike built at Happy Days Cycles

Sheffield Youth Parliament members ask why young people are carrying knives

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As part of an on-going consultation with young people, members of the Sheffield Youth Parliament, Khalil Richard, Jake Sutcliffe, Fozia Sultana and Shona Rooney visited three youth clubs in the city to kick of a consultation to find out more about why young people are carrying knives.

This comes in response to the spate of knife related anti-social behaviour seen across the city and nationwide. The Youth Parliament Members are campaigning for an end to knife crime.

Top reasons cited why young people feel they need to carry knives include self-defence, showing off, aggression towards others and reasons associated with being part of a criminal gang.

When asked about possible solutions to stop young people carrying knives themes such as a need for heightened multi-cultural police presence integrated within communities, tackling the sources of young people getting hold of knives, the role of education & skills in tackling the ‘no hope’ mentality, access to more safe spaces for young people getting them off the streets and public safety measures such as increased surveillance and street lighting were mooted.

Need for heightened multi-cultural police presence

Under this theme, making clear the consequences for carrying knives, culture change to raise confidence in reporting to the police, police presence at youth clubs, more police in schools and communities were discussed. It was felt important that the police in communities reflect the multi-cultural background and ethnicities of the communities being served and that officers were better integrated within communities including a role for plain clothed officers. Others felt strongly that the presence of youth workers or parents with a community focussed role would have more impact due to the negative relationship between the police and some communities.

Tackling the sources of young people getting hold of knives

A focus on licencing and the prevention of the selling of knives to underage people.

The role of education & skills in tackling the ‘no hope’ mentality

Getting to the root cause of the reasons why young people are drawn towards getting involved in gangs or anti-social behaviour that involves carrying knives was a key solution. The reasons why, being the prevailing ‘no hope’ culture, where young people feel there is no hope for their future and are therefore more vulnerable to being drawn into criminal gangs. Getting in front of at risk individuals with options and support for gaining education and skills through workshops in youth or community centres was discussed.

Access to safe spaces such as youth clubs

With funding for youth work being stripped back year on year as a result of austerity and its impact on local budgets, safe spaces and centres where young people can get off the streets and feel safe and supported to shape their futures are decreasing. More youth clubs and safe spaces were floated as essential to tackling the knife crime epidemic.

Increased public safety measures

Young people said they felt unsafe at night and that better lighting and surveillance in public areas could counter this. Also activities to counter the emergence of racism.

What next

South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, has been awarded over £500,000 of Home Office funding for a Sheffield partnership project led by Sheffield Futures focussed on tackling child criminal exploitation and associated knife and gun crime across the city.

The project named by young people consulted as ‘Project 0114’ will be delivered by Sheffield Futures in conjunction with delivery partners, 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).

Due to begin in January 2019, Project 0114 will include an education programme for all secondary school pupils across the city as well as year six pupils in primary schools in areas deemed to be most at risk. A second strand to the project will engage children aged 10-13 identified as at risk of grooming for gang involvement and serious violence with positive enrichment activities.

Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures comments, ‘We are really pleased to have been awarded the funding to deliver targeted activities to help children and young people vulnerable to criminal exploitation and associated serious violence across the city.’

‘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.’

 

Feeling lonely or isolated? Suffering from low mood or lack of confidence? Or need help accessing services, jobs or education?

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At Sheffield Futures we now 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 and practical support that can help with a range of issues you may be facing such as loneliness and isolation, practical support accessing housing, education or employment or help with tackling low confidence, mood and wellbeing.

Find out more about social prescribing and how it can help you here.

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.