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Door 43 wellbeing blog: Five creative ways to combat anxiety and have fun at home  

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Over the coming weeks, due to the need to close our face to face services as a result of Coronavirus, we’ll be keeping in touch with young people that use our Door 43 services online. One of the ways we will do this is through a weekly blog. In these blogs our Door 43 team will provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels along with information about how to access our new online channels as they develop.  

In this second blogMichelle Leeder our wellbeing worker provides some creative ideas about how to have fun whilst holed up at home. Enjoy.  


Hard to believe I know but last week Boris announced that we must stay home. We have been hearing messages for several days about the importance of staying at home as it will save lives and will help us move through this weird time we find ourselves in 

However, for some of us, being at home can be hard. Maybe home isn’t a safe place to be and if that is the case then there are people that can help you to find safety or feel safer in your home. Lots of us will also find it COMPLETELY BORING!! We are so used to being out with our mates, mixing up what we do and the idea of being at home for at least three weeks is understandably making us feel more than a little bit anxious.  

A REALLY good way to combat anxiety is to have funSo, at Door 43 we got you. Here are five ways to have fun whilst at home: 



Do you remember when you were five and you would grab some chairs and some blankets and make a den. Well now is the time to find your inner five-year-old and make a den. Not any old den though, an EPIC den. Build a den for big people, the more creative the better. Use whatever you can find and see how luxurious you can make it. Then spend time in it catching up on that NETFLIX series you haven’t got around to finishing yet.  

And don’t forget to take pictures for Instagram and tag @door43into those. We want to see all of your epic big people dens.  



Jump onto any app that lets you have a group chat (my current fave is Marco Polo) and get your pals together. You then have to take it in turns to sing a phrase each and see if you can make it through the whole of Bohemian Rhapsody.  






Get your family together or arrange for a group chat with your friends. Arrange a time when you are going to go for a fancy tea IN. You have to get dressed up in your POSHEST clothes and cook a 3/5/7 course meal (or just go with pasta and cheese again!). Then get your table all set up – like you were in a really fancy restaurant – and enjoy a night of wining (with a glass of orange juice of course) and dining. You could even then head to the theatre after that. 



Every morning Joe Wicks is doing a 30min PE lesson. Over 900,000 people have been taking part each day. This is a really good way to keep active, boost our energy levels and have a laugh. There is also a lovely feeling that comes with knowing you are taking part in something with hundreds of thousands of people across the world. 

And another bonus is that you can get your family involved and laugh with (at) them as they struggle to keep up.  






We are not allowed to meet up with people other than our family. That has been made very clear. However, we are allowed out for a bit of exercise each day. So, we can optimise this opportunity by connecting with people through their windows! 

Here is how it can work. Think about someone that lives close to you that might need a bit of human interaction. This could be a friend, neighbour, Nanan/Grandad, etc. Swing by their house during your walk and share some good news/encouragement/kind words with them BUT you can only use paper and pen to do it. 

These are just a few of the MANY things that you can do to have fun whilst at home. We would love to see what you are up to so make sure you tag us (@Door43_) in your posts and let us know of any ideas we have missed. We would love to share them with others! 

Take care all, Michelle  

Wellbeing tips from Christos: Healthy body = healthy mind and workout video

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More ideas for fitness from Christos here:


Door 43 wellbeing worker Christos has taken over the Door 43 Insta channel today and is focused on the importance of exercise within the daily routine for young people. Exercise is so important to keep bodies and minds healthy. Healthy body = healthy mind.  Give Christos’s workout a go too and let us know your thoughts!

Wellbeing tips from Terri: How to be more present, increase self awareness and reduce anxiety

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Sheffield Futures wellbeing worker Terri has some great tips to share on how to increase self awareness and be in the present moment to help drive down feelings of anxiety and stress.

Listen to the birds in the background, just allowing yourself to focus on the birds tweeting is calming, makes you want to get out in nature and be in the moment – at a 2m distance from everyone else though of course!

Door 43 wellbeing blog: Self isolation, social media rumours and the need for rational thinking

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Over the coming weeks, due to the need to shut our face to face services as a result of Coronavirus, we’ll be keeping in touch with young people that use our Door 43 services online. This is the first of our weekly blogs. In these blogs our Door 43 team will impart wise words, wisdom and tools to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and social media channels. 

In this first blog, Luca Jandu our wellbeing worker talks about the need for rational thinking. Self isolation, although necessary right now in terms of physical health, can present some challenges for our emotional health. As our minds wander and we can’t forward plan, with the situation changing daily, we’re prone to catastrophising and this can cause unhelpful anxieties to manifest.  Here, Luca acknowledges this, talks about his own experience and provides some helpful ways to challenge irrational and anxious thoughts. 



So, this is the first blog from me, in this funny time we are facing! I really hope – considering the circumstances – you are all keeping as well as you can be. It’s uncharted territory for all of us, pushing us all hard emotionally, so it’s never been more important to be mindful of our wellbeing. On this note, I thought it would be worth looking at the need for rational thinking and the importance of trying to find a way to stay calm and keep going – especially hard when we are facing so many new challenges.

I had my own moment of irrational thought and mild panic last week and wanted to tell you about it as there were definitely a few learnings. I’ve been self-isolating since the 18th, so have been on social media a lot more than I usually would. As we know, social media isn’t the most reliable source of information. On the 18th, some rumours started circulating of a military crackdown, which even though I fact checked and found some of the sources to be from a fake website, the constant references to ‘military crackdown’ eventually got the better of me. So,  I rang my housemates to ask them to buy a load of rice, lentils and a crate of chickpeas and tahini – for hummus, I would really struggle without hummus! In hindsight this may have been a little irrational.



Later that evening – when looking at more reliable sources – I discovered the military had been brought in to support the police. It seems that a few police must be self-isolating or looking after their kids and the military are just doing a bit of their work – the mass of rice, lentils, crate of chick peas and litre of tahini all seems a bit silly now – whoops.

Now ‘rational me’ knows that I’m not going to starve, that the supermarkets will continue to stock the shelves and that the military play an essential role in protecting the public and can provide useful public services in times like these, getting food to isolated vulnerable people for example, which is very important. I usually have a pretty good grip on the irrational me and control my impulses, but I guess times like this can challenge our rational selves, push us all to do irrational things and social media can act as fuel in this fire. This incident emphasised to me the need to fact check what I read on social media with reliable sources, and to be a bit more conscious and mindful of my thoughts to try to keep a better grip on my irrational self.

After I told the team at Door 43 about this we posted some links to more reliable sources of information on our social media channels alongside some alternative positive news stories. I’ve put these links below for you at the bottom of my blog. We ask you in these difficult times to try to choose your sources of information carefully and look for the links we post too. While this is a difficult time with some challenges that will be new to all of us, we need to be cautious of where our information is coming from, fact check, use reputable sources for news and think rationally.

I’ve pulled together questions to ask yourselves that may help to challenge irrational thoughts as they arise. Maybe I wouldn’t be sat among this mass of rice, lentils if i’d considered these for a moment!

Questions to ask yourself when challenging irrational or anxious thoughts.

  1. Is there any evidence that contradicts my worry? Can I trust the source of my worry? Do I have all the information? Am I ignoring any contrary facts? Are my sources reputable and trustworthy?
  2. Am I assuming the worst will happen? Ask yourself – ‘Have I jumped to the worst- case scenario? How likely is this to happen really?
  3. Am I jumping to conclusions? Ask yourself – do you have the facts to back up your thoughts? Are they based in reality?
  4. What are the costs and benefits of thinking in this way? Is this a positive / healthy way of thinking? What would a healthier more balanced thought look like?
  5. Am I ignoring positive information? Is the negative looming unnecessarily large?
  6. How will I feel about this in 6 months? In a year? Look to the future, putting a situation into another point in time can give you a valuable, calming perspective.
  7. Is there another way of looking at this situation? Can you think of positives? For example, yes you might be stuck inside and you can’t see your friends but on the flip side it won’t be for ever and taking this action now will mean we can all get back to normal more quickly and safeguard the most vulnerable people.

Hopefully going through these questions when irrational or anxious thoughts get the better of you will help you slow your mind down so you can check yourself for catastrophising, unhelpful thinking and gain some perspective.

I wish you all the best in this challenging time and remember that Door 43 – even in if in a virtual form – is still here to support you. Keep an eye on our website and social media for more information about this. We’re working hard to get things up and running.

Take care of yourselves and each other and watch this space for our next blog next Wednesday.


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Door 43 Wellbeing Wednesday

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Some good news in these difficult times folks! As of today, the Door 43 Wellbeing Wednesday service will be available for all young people currently registered with Door 43 over the phone. Young people registered with Door 43 can speak to one of our wellbeing workers between 11-1pm or 2-4pm.

Young people that want to speak to a wellbeing worker should call or text 07815698447. Your request will then be allocated and you’ll be contacted.

Scroll the pics in the Insta story for full details from the team.

For young people not registered but in need of help, we’re working really hard to replicate our services online so watch this space for more information.

Youth work pilot aims to safeguard vulnerable missing young people

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A pilot scheme tasking professional youth workers to help prevent vulnerable young people from going missing is underway in Sheffield.

The scheme, funded by the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, involves youth workers from Sheffield Futures working with looked-after children, who go repeatedly missing from residential care homes across the city, to help them avoid harmful situations.

Until now, this work to seek missing young people has been undertaken fully by the already over-stretched police and children’s social care.

Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures, said: “Professional youth work skills are a natural fit for this work to establish and maintain relationships in communities. Youth workers can use their knowledge of how young people develop through their teenage years, how to tackle challenging behaviour, de-escalate conflict and safeguard young people.

“It makes sense that these skills are employed to engage young people who are vulnerable, hard to reach, at risk of exploitation and are repeatedly going missing, and we’re already seeing promising signs that this approach can work.”

The pilot, which began in January and will run until March, aims to reduce the number of times a young person may go missing, and build relationships with young people to increase their ability to keep themselves safe.

The scheme enables youth workers to work in close partnership with children’s social care to gather valuable information on where young people might go as well as actively seeking them and work with South Yorkshire Police when necessary for powers of access to property, or when facing criminal behaviour.

Superintendent Lee Berry, Joint Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “Young people go missing from care homes for a variety of reasons. This behaviour leaves them vulnerable and at risk of exploitation. The work of Sheffield Futures is crucial in reducing the number of times a young person goes missing and working with them to understand why they are going missing and how they could be at risk of harm.

“By reducing the amount of missing episodes, this work is not only beneficial to the well-being of the young person, but also all services involved in supporting the young person.”

0114 talks: Hearing young women’s perspectives on crime in Sheffield

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On Monday night young women and female youth work practitioners came together from across the city to discuss crime, the effects, and what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities. It was great to bring together young women from communities across the city through the work of community partners, The Manor & Castle Development Trust, Together Women and Broomhall Girls Youth Group.

Young women looked at important topics such as safety in Sheffield, when and where they feel safe, where they don’t and importantly how to keep themselves safe, looking at different scenarios and techniques – such as letting trusted people know where you are going, being aware of your surroundings and what to do if you feel unsafe while out and about. Worryingly, racism was also highlighted as an issue with young women reporting to have been verbally attacked on the bus and outside in the Hillsborough and Manor communities. The city centre was commented on as an area young women feel ‘unsafe’ due to ‘people hanging around’ as well as West Street due to ‘the drunks’. Sharrow was highlighted as somewhere to feel safe as it’s a ‘peaceful community’ along with leafy Fulwood and Hathersage.

The event also looked at current issues within Sheffield and the crimes that are being committed with a focus on current perceptions of what is being done to tackle crime that impacts young people negatively. There was a strong feeling that young people can be ‘discriminated against’ and seen as ‘the problem’, for example the general perception that ‘all young people are in gangs.’ It was felt that this is unhelpful as actually young people are being drawn in by criminals looking to exploit young people for their own gain. And, that actually, young people need safe spaces and youth work support to ensure they aren’t put at risk of exploitation in order to lead productive lives and create positive futures for themselves.

Thinking about what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities the young women said that ‘Supportive groups and clubs for young people who commit crimes would help to get them out of these situations, and help adults understand how they get drawn into crime in the first place.’ There was also a lot of discussion around the importance of youth work in the communities, ‘the importance of having places for young people to come together, enjoy themselves and learn.’ It was felt that ‘people may commit crime as a result of things they’re lacking in life – like money, friends, family support and respect.’ and that youth clubs and youth work activities could go a long way to filling this void for young people and ultimately help to keep them safe.

0114 talks is part of an ongoing series of events that will look at issues important to young people across the city.

Street Doctors partnership empowers young people to save lives

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Street Doctors the youth social action movement that teaches young people lifesaving and first aid skills has partnered with Sheffield Futures to deliver training to children and young people in areas considered at risk of youth violence across the city.

This work is part of Sheffield Futures’ Project 0114 which aims to educate young people about the risks of being exploited by criminals and empower them to make good decisions and understand their rights and responsibilities. The Street Doctors volunteers are training young people in Broomhall, North East Sheffield, Manor Castle/Arbourthorne, Burngreave/Pitsmoor and Lowedges.

Dan White, Head of Targeted Services and Health at Sheffield Futures said: “It’s a reality that criminal gangs are targeting children. Vulnerable children and young people are drawn in under the lure of friendship and gifts and are getting involved in seemingly harmless tasks, like carrying packages, and in doing so are putting themselves in real danger of violence including gun and knife crime, as well as putting themselves on the path to a criminal future.

“We’re working together with schools and vital partners in the communities 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 on the streets.

“It’s fantastic that Street Doctors have joined the city-wide partnership and are empowering young people with vital skills and confidence to act if confronted with a situation where someone is bleeding or unconscious.”

This strand of the project also sees youth work activities delivered for young people in youth clubs to provide safe spaces where they can benefit from the strengths and experience of community delivery partners and learn new and inspiring arts, music, media and sports skills. Sheffield Futures is leading the 0114 Project in conjunction with Sheffield City Council, ACT Sheffield, The Unity Gym Project, Broomhall Girls Youth Group, Manor Castle Development Trust, My Life Project, Princes Trust, and Change Grow Live (CGL).

Project 0114 was 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.

A second strand sees secondary school pupils across the city, along with year six children in primary schools in targeted areas, benefit from information and skills-based sessions focussed on preventing child criminal exploitation and exploring the effects of knife and gun crime. The sessions are being co-delivered by youth workers and specially trained young people.

Schools that are interested in this training should contact Sheffield Futures on 0114 2012800 / [email protected]

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

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