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SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis officially opens Sheffield Futures Health Zone for young people

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Sheffield’s largest youth charity, Sheffield Futures officially launched their new Health Zone for young people to access all of their health and wellbeing needs, with Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis.

The Health Zone space has been transformed thanks to funding from the Department of Health’s Places of Safety capital grant and sits within Sheffield Futures emotional wellbeing service for young people aged 13 – 25: Door 43.

The Health Zone was launched by Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis who said: ‘The young people who spoke today have given an incredible testimony to the service. It’s a tough world and it’s a tough time to be growing up and the pressures that young people face are much more acute than the pressures that my generation faced. As a result of that, many young people require support and help which is nothing to be ashamed about, all of us, at some point in our lives will need a bit of help.

‘That is why the work that is done here, by Sheffield Futures is incredibly important work.’

During an opening speech, Sheffield Futures Head of Targeted Services and Health, Dan White, spoke of the lengthy consultations with young people, mental health groups, healthcare professionals, Sheffield Hallam Architecture students and more to ensure that the Health Zone will meet the needs of young people. Feedback included the need for rooms for private conversations, as well as larger rooms for activities, a kitchen, a certified health room and modern soft furnishings, all of which feature in the new space.

The attendees were also joined by young people who have been supported by Door 43: Sam, Phoebe, James and Tara who spoke to their Health and Wellbeing Worker Sadie Charlton about where they were before the service, what work has been done with them and where they want to be in the future. Tara said: ‘Since I started coming here, I feel like I have meaning in my life.’

Sam said: ‘Before I came to Door 43, I had given up on life. I had given up on my hopes and dreams for the future. I stopped leaving the house and socialising, it took a lot to get me to come here. Door 43’s Wellbeing Café is a good opportunity to speak to like-minded people. Since coming to Door 43 I’ve realised that I can actually do the things that I want to do. The staff encouraged me to start working towards becoming a paramedic, they’ve encouraged me to start college again and do what I want to do. I would never have done it if it wasn’t for Door 43.’

The official opening of the Health Zone had an emotional high, with a performance from a young person who is supported by Door 43, Jenny. Unfortunately, Jenny lost her job due to her emotional wellbeing, and to pay rent, she sold her beloved guitar and keyboard. After Sheffield Futures posted Jenny’s story on social media, they were kindly donated a guitar and keyboard to give to her. Jenny has been writing songs about her mental health journey and performed at the event.

Door 43 aims to prevent young people from requiring expensive statutory, crisis led, interventions through offering unique combination of early intervention and prevention work, including counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and supported referral pathways, and personal support.

Many of the young people the service supports just need a safe space in which they can talk about how they feel in a comfortable environment. The Health Zone will be used flexibly to meet the varying needs of young people, taking a holistic view of emotional wellbeing and delivering early intervention and prevention work to release pressure on acute services.

International Volunteer Day at Sheffield Futures

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On International Volunteer Day, we spoke to our incredible volunteer Rachel Javed to find out why she volunteers for Sheffield Futures and how that helps young people in Sheffield. Thank you so much Rachel!

What inspired you to start volunteering for Sheffield Futures?

I have been involved with youth work since I became too old to attend a club myself, and so have experienced the benefits first and second-hand. Today’s young people face challenges unique to their generation, yet the social and educational structures that they require to triumph over these difficulties are increasingly hard to access. Sheffield Futures offers its volunteers the opportunity to become strongly involved with how the service supports young people, and this is what attracted me to volunteer here.

What do you enjoy about volunteering for Sheffield Futures?

My favourite aspect has to be the people involved. Thanks to the vibrant bunch who attend the youth clubs, no two sessions are ever the same. Whether playing pool, providing individual support or having a bit of a chat and a laugh with a group, seeing my relationship with these young people develop and strengthen over time is very rewarding. I’ve also met some lovely colleagues and continue to benefit greatly from their experience and guidance.

Would you recommend volunteering for Sheffield Futures?

I would wholeheartedly recommend volunteering with Sheffield Futures! Everyone at the service was welcoming and friendly from the word go, and it’s a great way to become more involved with your local community. Plus, you never know where the experience might take you!

Sheffield Futures train with the professionals at GB Boxing!

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In the run up to the GB Boxing Championships, Sheffield Futures took a group of young people from their youth clubs and young people from Empire Boxing Gym to meet the boxers and be coached by the professionals at their world-class facility. Many of the young people Sheffield Futures work with have not seen live sports before, let alone take a tour around the training facilities, meet the athletes themselves and ask questions about how to take their own careers forward.

Sheffield Futures corporate partners, GB Boxing, based at the English Institute of Sport, prepare and train the boxers that compete for Great Britain at the Olympic Games. The partnership focuses on the use of boxing as a tool to bolster Sheffield Futures’ community involvement work and inspire Sheffield’s young people to achieve wider personal development through sport.

    

Sheffield Futures Community Youth Teams have seen the benefits boxing can bring to young people otherwise at risk of falling into risky antisocial behaviour, including:

  • Healthy eating and lifestyle: Maximising physical ability through nutrition and healthy lifestyle
  • Mental health: Feel good factor achieved through exercise and team sport
  • Social skills: Interaction and engagement which builds confidence and enjoyment in positive social interaction
  • Self-control & anger management: Self-control of skills and the ability to be mentally strong in exercising this
  • Self-defence and safety: Helping young people to deliver safe skills for self defence
  • Racism and homophobia: Discussion of legendary boxers that had been publicly victimised due to their race and the ethical implications
  • Gender: Conversations around the evolution in women’s boxing and its increasing popularity

Largest youth consultation points to ending knife crime as top issue in Sheffield and nationwide

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Putting an end to knife crime has been voted as the top issue in the city as well as nationwide. That’s the result of the annual Make Your Mark Ballot, the UK’s largest national youth consultation in which 1 in 5 young people cast votes including 10,121 young people in Sheffield.

Thirty per cent of young people from across the city who voted said that too many young people’s lives had been lost and called on the Government to do more to tackle what they called the ‘knife crime epidemic.’

Improvement of mental health services and provision in schools (14 per cent), equal pay for young people doing the same work as adults in equal work (11 per cent), tackling homelessness and providing everyone with a place to live and an opportunity to live comfortably (10 per cent) and making public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all (8 per cent) were voted as the remaining priority issues by Sheffield’s young people respectively.

Kate Hardy, Member of Youth Parliament for Sheffield East says “In recent months the surge in violent crimes committed by young people has become more than apparent and seems to have affected many.’

‘I feel there’s a direct correlation between the cuts to youth services and the increase in violent acts, particularly knife crimes, amongst young people and said cuts urgently need to be reversed.’

‘Over the past three years over 600 youth centres have been closed across the UK and an 11% increase in knife crimes amongst young people seems to be the repercussion. Interestingly this comes at a time when there has been a 10% decrease in knife crime amongst adults. The government needs to take immediate action in order to stop further unnecessary deaths of Sheffield youth.”

As well as campaigning on these locally elected issues, Sheffield’s elected Youth Parliament members or MYP’s visited the House of Commons on Friday 9th November to debate the top five issues nationally with Youth Parliament members from other local authority areas as part of the Make Your Mark campaign. They have now agreed the top two national issues on the day to be taken forward as national campaigns: putting an end to knife crime and mental health.

Commenting on the results from the report Gail Gibbons, CEO Officer at Sheffield Futures comments ‘It’s fantastic to be able to facilitate Sheffield’s young people in setting their local campaigning agenda to get their voices heard and initiate change locally as well as getting their voices heard at a national level.’

‘It’s so important that we listen to our young people and take action to enable positive change in our communities.’

‘We’re really proud of our Sheffield UK Youth Parliament members and look forward to the outcomes of the national UK Youth Parliament debates at the Houses of Commons.’

 

Youth Work Week – Toni’s Story #YouthWorkMatters

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Toni used to go to Stocksbridge Youth Club as a teenager, eventually becoming a Young Leader and helping to run activities and trips for younger members of the club. After working in retail and having children, Toni started volunteering at the very same youth club she used to visit weekly. When the opportunity came up to become a qualified Youth Worker, Toni jumped at the chance, leaving her job to train and volunteer – eventually becoming the lead Youth Worker (and key holder) for the club she used to visit. Here’s her story:


This post is part of our Youth Work Matters campaign. You can support the campaign:

Find out more about how youth work transforms lives by following our #YouthWorkMatters campaign on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Facebook.

You can also write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters

Please visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk to find out more about what we do and how you can support us with fundraising, volunteering or as an ambassador.

18+ and looking for a warehouse job?

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Are you 18+ and looking for a warehouse job? Drop in on Thursday 1st Nov to find out more.

Need more information or can’t make it? Email: alexander.leonard@sheffieldfutures.org.uk 

Youth Work Matters exhibition Mon 29th Oct – Fri 2nd Nov, Winter Gardens

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Sheffield’s largest youth charity, Sheffield Futures, are celebrating youth work and its fantastic achievements for young people and communities. Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed nationally. In Sheffield, we are pleased to say that youth services are still funded by Sheffield City Council, although delivery is reduced annually.

To celebrate and demonstrate the value of youth work, Sheffield Futures has developed Youth Work Matters. Youth Work Matters is an exhibition to showcase why youth work is so important to the communities in our city. Featuring young people from across the city, these photographs tell the story of why youth work matters and needs continued support for the benefit of all Sheffield’s communities.

For this project, we visited nine of the youth clubs that Sheffield Futures run each week across the city, including one club for young with learning disabilities; we spent time at the Wellbeing Cafe for young people with emotional wellbeing issues and spoke to Sheffield Young Advisors and Sheffield Youth Cabinet, to see why youth work is important to them.

 


How you can support us:

Find out more about how youth work transforms lives by following our #YouthWorkMatters campaign on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

You can also write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters

Please visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk to find out more about what we do and how you can support us with fundraising, volunteering or as an ambassador.

Youth Word Up is BACK!

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Join us on Thursday 25th October 7.30pm-9.30pm at The Hubs (Sheffield Hallam Student Union, opposite the Showroom on Paternoster Row) for an inspiring evening of poetry and performance from local young people. The night is always fantastic and we would recommend it!

Drop The Knife: youth knife crime consultation, for young people.

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HAVE YOUR SAY.

We want to hear from young people: what do you think about knife crime?

Wednesday 31st October (half term) 1.30-3.30pm

at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, Sheffield, S1 4GE.

ALL OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT AND YOU CAN REMAIN COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.

Please RSVP: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or via Insta: @sheffieldfutures

#youthworkmatters

 


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

How I built my business with Doing Good Business

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Janet, 42, felt that she lacked focus and direction and didn’t know which way to turn when her job ended. She was attracted to self employment because of the creativity and freedoms that it offered and after some consideration had thought about become a nail technician.

‘I didn’t have the finance to pay for the training I needed and felt that things had come to a bit of a standstill. So I decided to get in touch with Doncaster Chamber for support with training. It was Doncaster Chamber that thankfully referred me to Doing Good Business for further support.’ She says.

‘My Doing Good Business mentor was fantastic, she helped me to identify a training provider and apply for funds as well as practical help with setting up and running the business that helped me get my business off the ground.’ She says.

‘It wasn’t just the practical support that helped through, it was the encouragement and emotional support. Just having someone that believed that I could succeed made all the difference.’

Commenting on how her interaction with Doing Good Business helped Janet says, ‘I feel fulfilled and excited because I’ve started to realise that I can achieve what I want to achieve and this support has helped me get there.’

‘Knowing that I am going to meet my coach helps me to stick to deadlines and she has been a really useful sounding board.’


If you are aged 25+, not currently working and living in one of the above districts, the Doing Good Business programme can help you.
Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund it provides free one-to-one advice, practical support to manage your personal circumstances, help to develop your skills, personal strengths and expert advice and guidance on key topics.

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.