Door43

Jenny’s story: recording in a studio through social prescribing

Tash Bright No Comments

Jenny moved to Sheffield in April 2018 “with just a suitcase and a guitar.” Earlier that year, she had felt the push to leave the seaside town she had been living in to move to Sheffield the “music city.” Jenny was excited about “all the music venues, nightlife and students” and moved to do what she wanted to do – make music.

Alone in a city she didn’t know, Jenny was working in hospitality, living in a shared house and her mental health began to deteriorate. Seeking help after a mental health crisis, she was referred to Door 43, the emotional wellbeing service for young people at Sheffield Futures.

“From the first moment I visited Door 43, I felt like I was listened to,” she said. “Door 43 was a really warm and welcoming environment and I felt that when I told my story, that my worker really listened.”

Jenny began to visit the weekly Wellbeing Café, a drop-in session filled with positive activities, staff and volunteers to talk to, cups of tea and inspirational talks from sportspeople, musicians and more about their own mental health stories.

Jenny’s worker encouraged her to follow her dreams and to do what she wanted to do when she moved to the city, make music. Together they worked on exercises to increase Jenny’s confidence and began to look to the future and exploring Jenny’s passions.

Jenny found herself out of work and unhappy with her living situation. One of her coping strategies was playing her guitar and writing songs about her feelings, and unfortunately she had to sell her guitar to pay her rent. Her worker knew how much this meant to her and through a social media shout-out, managed to get Jenny a kindly donated guitar and keyboard within 24 hours.

Jenny said: “The guitar and keyboard kept me alive.”

Jenny moved out of her shared accommodation into a house on her own and began feeling much better.

When Door 43 held a grand opening for their premises, with Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, they asked Jenny to perform one of her songs. It was Jenny’s first public performance in over a year, and her first in Sheffield. She said: “No-one in Sheffield had heard my music and I was really nervous, but it went really well. Afterwards I felt so much more confident and I got some great feedback.”

Through Sheffield Futures social prescribing programme, Jenny was introduced to Nigel Humberstone, who runs Beehive Works, a music studio in Sheffield. He had kindly offered studio time and assistance for Jenny to record an EP of songs about her mental health. Jenny said: “Recording my music is something I’ve always wanted to do. I used to record my songs on voice notes on my phone! Nigel and Klive have been so helpful and have made sure that everything has been done properly. I feel like there are no limits on what I can achieve now.”

Jenny has launched a Bandcamp, where people can hear and buy her music. She has finished recording five songs about her mental health journey and is looking forward to playing some shows over the summer. She said: “I’ve had to be patient and work hard to record these songs, everything takes longer than you think it will – but I’m excited to start gigging over summer. I’m being realistic and trying to be organised, but I’ll always be a dreamer.”

National Social Prescribing Day – 14th March

Tash Bright No Comments

StreetGames becomes nationwide social prescriber in local communities

Sports charity funds link workers in four UK cities to tackle social issues among young people

National sports charity StreetGames has funded four link workers to support young people accessing local sources of support in four cities across the UK. The programme will allow young people to have access to free counselling, sport and volunteering opportunities, and will support with literacy, training or employment.

These appointments follow StreetGames being selected as one of 23 new schemes across the country to share in £4.5 million of funding from the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC). The grant means StreetGames will be able to support local partners in Brighton & Hove, Luton, Sheffield and Southampton, to work with vulnerable young people, aged 5-25, helping them to get extra care and support in their local neighbourhood.

StreetGames has partnered with YMCA DownsLink Group in Brighton & Hove, No Limits in Southampton, Sheffield Futures in Sheffield, and Active Luton in Luton, who will provide physical hubs from where the service will be coordinated.

Talking on the announcement, Paul Jarvis-Beesley, Head of Sport and Health at StreetGames, said: “Social prescribing refers to the process of helping patients to improve their health, wellbeing and social welfare, by connecting them to a range of local, non-clinical, community services which might be run by the council or a local charity. This is something StreetGames is very passionate about. Through the programme, a dedicated link worker will spend time with each young person finding out what they need and make the connection to the menu of local activities and services on offer. This intervention can be crucial in ensuring young people succeed as they grow in to adulthood.”

The programme will provide for over 2,100 young people, who will have 4-6 sessions each with their link worker before being directly referred into local services. Each service will be open to all, but additional resources will be allocated to making it accessible to young people who experience social exclusion through poverty or protected characteristics.

The initiative follows the launch of the Government’s Loneliness Strategy in October, which noted the value of social prescribing. In a recent speech to The King’s Fund about the benefits of social prescribing, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, said he saw social prescribing as “becoming an indispensable tool”, adding, “social prescription is about making better use of what we already have – making the arts and social activities more accessible”.

Cat Pritchard, Brighton & Hove CYP Wellbeing Services Manager, said on the news: “We’re delighted YMCA DownsLink Group is one of the organisations awarded a proportion of this funding. We will be setting up a social prescribing scheme within our Brighton & Hove Children & Young People’s (CYP) Wellbeing Service. This service works with young people aged 4-25, offering a range of innovative mental health interventions and is a local collaboration with YMCA DownsLink Group, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, Mind in Brighton and Hove and HERE. This funding gives us the opportunity to improve the transition between services for children and young people locally. We are excited about the positive impact this new link worker role could have on the lives of children, young people and families in Brighton and Hove.”

Dr Christa Beesley, a GP for Wellsbourne Healthcare CIC in Brighton and Hove, added: “I am delighted to have the support in social prescribing now being offered in Brighton. The gap between what is needed for young people experiencing mental health difficulties and what is available is huge, and waiting times for specialist therapy are very high. Social prescribing helps us to fill this gap and to get the whole community involved in supporting our children and young people.”

Sports and music have long been associated with supporting people through conditions including diabetes, dementia, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Activities offered under social prescribing are varied, and are already having a great impact on the lives of the UK’s young people. Jenny, a participant of the programme led by Sheffield Futures, said of the initiative: “The social prescribing programme has really opened my eyes to see what is available for me in Sheffield. I’ve been writing music since I was nine and now my Health and Wellbeing Worker has helped me to access studio time through the programme, which is mind-blowing! I recently moved to Sheffield and this service has helped me to gain confidence, it’s helped with my mental health and taught me to be more open-minded. I’ve been looking into song-writing with a community group, and social prescribing has shown me that there are so many opportunities out there.”

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

Sadie White No Comments

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.

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

Tash Bright No Comments

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.

Social prescribing for young people

Sadie White No Comments

Sheffield Futures are proud to launch a ‘social prescribing’ model for 13-25 year olds who require support to improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing, through access to a range of activities, tailored to their needs.

Socially prescribed activities will be entirely bespoke to the young person but may include funding to attend sports clubs or classes, leisure activities such as music and theatre groups, alternative therapies, gym membership and more for a 12-week period. 13-25 year olds will also receive support to access a range of existing provision, activities and services including arts groups, wellbeing groups, outdoors or nature groups and more.

With the overall wellbeing of young people aged 16-25 years old widely acknowledged to be decreasing and with emotional health seeing the biggest drop in 2018 (Youth Mental Health Index 2018), the need for preventative mental health services has never been more acute. The new social prescribing model has been launched in response to this and will be lead by Sheffield Futures emotional wellbeing service, Door 43.

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.

Gail Gibbons, Sheffield Futures Chief Executive said: ‘As we progress further down the track as a society towards a mental health crisis, there has never been a more pressing need for us to holistically address the emotional health and wellbeing needs of our young people.’

‘Sheffield Futures is proud to say that young people are at the heart of all we do, and our services change to meet their needs. The social prescribing model allows us to address many of the root causes for low-level mental health issues and encourage positive activities.’

Funding for the young people’s social prescribing scheme has been provided by the Department of Health and Social Care’s Health and Wellbeing Fund and is being co-ordinated by Streetgames UK and Youth Access, across four UK locations. In Sheffield the programme is being delivered by youth charity, Sheffield Futures.

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said: ‘The voluntary and community sector has such a vital role to play in working with our health system to provide the kind of support that you can’t receive at your local GP surgery or hospital.’

Dinenage continues: ‘This new funding will mean that many more people receive support that looks at their needs holistically, enabling them to live happier, more independent lives. I look forward to seeing these projects put their plans into action and provide support to hundreds of thousands more people.’

The support will aim to deliver improvement in the health and quality of life through increased levels of activity, enabling community participation, breaking down barriers to accessing transport and benefits, encouraging healthy living and increasing engagement with school, college, training programmes and employment.

Youth Work Week 2018: Kirsty Roy

Sadie White No Comments

It’s Youth Work Week this week and we’re talking to youth workers from across the organisation as part of our #youthworkmatters campaign to celebrate the varied ways our youth workers help young people from across the city.

Here we talk to Kirsty Roy a youth worker in our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing service.

Kirsty Roy, youth worker – Door 43

What does your role as a youth worker involve?

It involves working with lots of different young people from all across the city to help them address emotional, practical and other  emotional health and wellbeing needs. I use my skills to relate to young people from all walks of life experiencing diverse problems, including problems that start in the home such as poverty, to problems in school whether it’s achievement or stress, to problems with low mood and depression.

How do you help Door 43 deliver for young people?

I help Door 43 deliver positive results for young people for example by giving them the tools and advice to help them get themselves into a better place emotionally which then sets them up to be able to deal with the challenges they face. It’s not about telling them what to do but it’s about coaching them and giving them the tools for example, coping strategies and building the resilience to cope with life’s set backs. Ultimately, I help them to uncover the answers and the right way forward for themselves.

What do you think are the challenges for young people?

I could go on forever. I think today’s young people have real challenges. From the current issues we have with knife crime and gang culture to dealing with the pressure of school without becoming stressed and anxious to problems at home such as poverty and peer on peer pressure. The list goes on. Young people are expected to deal with all of this when they’re young and inexperienced and don’t have the life experience and resilience to deal with it. It’s a really tough call.

How important is youth work to young people?

Very important. Absolutely essential. Without youth workers or youth clubs or anyone positive in a young persons life I can say I feel very sure that as well as the obvious detrimental effect and suffering for young people, the negative impact on our communities will be great. What I like about youth work is that it’s an early intervention for young people and it’s about giving them the information and tools to make positive choices. It gives them a positive influence which for some young people is unfortunately completely absent from their lives. We don’t tell them what to do we just advise them. The cut backs show that crime rates are going through the roof. I fear for what would happen if funding for youth services is cut back any more.

You can find out more about Door 43 here

Door43 – Emotional, mental and sexual health support

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

Tash Bright No Comments

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.

World Mental Health Day 2018: Katie Ludlam, GB Boxing Performance Psychologist shares her thoughts on the role of sport in building essential life skills

Sadie White No Comments

Here Katie Ludlam, Performance Psychologist at GB Boxing spends ten minutes talking about how sport can play an important role in building essential life skills.

How do you think getting involved in boxing or sport could benefit a young person struggling with emotional health issues for example, confidence, low mood or anxiety?

‘Being involved in boxing can facilitate an environment where you are on a journey with like-minded people and are judged for the things you can typically control for example commitment, hard work, and a willingness to try. Boxing – and sport in general – can change and will continue to change people’s lives.  I believe sport has the potential to teach us how to overcome setbacks, build relationships with others, enhance self belief and give us purpose/ something to strive for.’

Can you recommend any techniques for building resilience, self-esteem and confidence?

‘Learning from our experiences and committing to what is going to make a positive difference for us. What do you value or want to achieve? Identify what is getting in the way and the things you are doing that take you away from your values/goals. What behaviours could we commit to that will be a positive move towards our values/goals?’

‘Ensuring that you prioritise time to consider and build on the positive things of your day, your life, or the things you are trying to achieve is so important. How often do we ask ourselves what is going well/ what have I achieved today/ what is working for me?’

‘I believe that everyone has unique qualities and capabilities (super-strengths!) that if identified and maximised can strengthen our belief, self-determination, and performance in whatever it is we are doing.’

How important is resilience, self-esteem and confidence to the mentality of a Boxer?

‘I think these things naturally fluctuate depending on recent experiences and what someone has going on in their lives. That said, we don’t get through life without experiencing setbacks and these can be great for our development – being able to pick yourself up off the canvas and dust yourself off (both literally and metaphorically) is difficult but as they say (whoever they are!), it sure does make us stronger if we commit to learning from it.’

‘Belief in yourself and your ability to succeed in what you are doing is important, but there is an assumption that the best boxers don’t experience doubt – for me confidence isn’t the absence of self-doubt, we all have doubts, it is our ability to accept doubts, not judge ourselves about them, and continue/succeed despite the doubts we have.’

GB Boxing, based at the English Institute of Sport, prepares and trains the boxers that compete for Great Britain at the Olympic Games and chose Sheffield Futures as its charity partner. The three year partnership will focus on the use of boxing as a tool to bolster Sheffield Futures’ community involvement work and to inspire Sheffield’s young people to achieve wider personal development through sport.

World Mental Health Day 2018: Launch of new emotional wellbeing ‘Health Zone’ at Star House

Sadie White No Comments

A newly refurbished ‘Health Zone’ which has been purposely designed by and for young people to access support with their emotional and physical health is open for Sheffield’s young people. 

The ‘Health Zone’ at Sheffield Futures on Division Street will host the Door 43 Wellbeing Café. Our Door 43 service 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 full blown crises. 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.

With half of all mental health conditions appearing in young people before the age of 14 and one in four adults suffering a mental health problem in any given year, new services like Door 43 are heralded nationally as the way forward.

 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. It is this preventative approach that aims to stop young people from requiring expensive, statutory, crisis-led interventions that often come when the damage has already been done. 

Commenting on the new health and wellbeing zone development, Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures says, ‘We are thrilled to have completed the work on our new Health Zone for young people, based at Sheffield Futures’ city centre venue Star House. Sheffield Futures has received incredibly generous grant funding from the Department of Health and other local organisations and we are looking to match funds to cover building costs, furnishing and more.’

‘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.’

‘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.

The new health and wellbeing zone will 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.’

If you want to have a look at how our new health zone is developing check out this video:

Case Study: 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 book 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.”

All those interested in discussing how they can offer financial or other support should contact Tash Bright at Sheffield Futures on 0114 2018647 or email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Our top ten self care tips

Louise O'Driscoll No Comments

We’ve teamed up with blogger Jade Marie to create a guide to ten quick and easy ways to practice self care! If you’re interested in taking small steps that can make a difference to you and your friends, this is definitely worth a read. We are also giving out copies of this guide with our self care clothing which you can see photographed below or by visiting   Merch 

 

 

123

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.