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Sheffield author A F Stone pledges support for Sheffield Futures

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

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

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

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

Here at our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing centre at Star House we offer a preventative service focussed on intervening early with young people, to open up conversations and hopefully stop more serious issues in their tracks.

We know that young people can be put off accessing mental health services as they associate these environments with the stress and anxiety that is often fuelling their issues. Our Door 43 service ensures we can offer a safe and welcoming space for young people to openly talk about their feelings and access early preventative support in a completely neutral environment where they can literally get away from it all, clear their head and become ready to access the support they need.

Door 43 integrates a range of health and wellbeing support under one roof, giving young people the flexibility they need in terms of access to different specialist support services such as counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and mechanisms for referral for those who require specialist mental health assessment. We also offer social prescribing for young people. Much like going to the GP for a prescription, where we deem appropriate, we can prescribe therapeutic activities that young people show an interest in.

Young people can drop in to the Door 43 wellbeing café at Star House on Division Street on a Tuesday between 5-7pm or on Wellbeing Wednesday 11-4pm and on a Saturday 9.30-1pm. Our wellbeing workers can assess a young person’s level of need and provide appropriate support or refer young people on to more appropriate services through our referral network. Call 0114 201 800 or [email protected] 

 

World Mental Health Day 2019: A short conversation can really make the difference

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It’s World Mental Health Day today and this year the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen the theme of suicide prevention.

At our emotional health and wellbeing centre Door 43, our service is focussed on early intervention and is a preventative mental health service for 13-25 year olds that aims to stop mental health conditions in their tracks before they turn into more serious issues. It’s one of only a few of its kind in the country and since its inception the service has been very much in demand with the majority self-referring with issues such as stress, anxiety and low mood often caused by the overwhelming demands that modern life places on today’s young people.

Dan White, Head of Targeted Services and Health said, ‘It’s a good time to remind ourselves this World Mental Health Day that just a small conversation with someone can make a huge difference to a young person’s state of mind.’

‘Here at our Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing centre at Star House we offer a preventative service focussed on intervening early with young people, to open up conversations and hopefully stop more serious issues in their tracks.’

‘We know that young people can be put off accessing mental health services as they associate these environments with the stress and anxiety that is often fuelling their issues. Our Door 43 service ensures we can offer a safe and welcoming space for young people to openly talk about their feelings and access early preventative support in a completely neutral environment where they can literally get away from it all, clear their head and become ready to access the support they need.’

‘Door 43 integrates a range of health and wellbeing support under one roof, giving young people the flexibility they need in terms of access to different specialist support services such as counselling and other psychological therapies, awareness and advice work, health clinics, signposting and mechanisms for referral for those who require specialist mental health assessment. We also offer social prescribing for young people. Much like going to the GP for a prescription, where we deem appropriate, we can prescribe therapeutic activities that young people show an interest in. ’

‘We have seen very encouraging results from Door 43 so far and it’s really heartening to see the positive impact we’re having on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of Sheffield’s young people.’

When talking about how the Door 43 service has helped him, Darren Jenks a young person who has accessed Door 43 in the past said,’Door43 is a place I can go and offload about what has happened in my week. I don’t feel judged by the staff; they are all so easy to talk to. I feel like having that space every week makes a massive difference to my mood.’

‘When I’ve got loads of stuff going on in my head, I can come in to see someone at Door43 and they help me to make sense of it all and we can make a plan together and I feel so much better.’

Young people can drop in to the Door 43 wellbeing café at Star House on Division Street on a Tuesday between 5-7pm or on Wellbeing Wednesday 11-4pm and on a Saturday 9.30-1pm. Our wellbeing workers can assess a young person’s level of need and provide appropriate support or refer young people on to more appropriate services through our referral network. Call 0114 201 800 or [email protected] 

Joe Carnall of Milburn fame talking to a young person at the Door 43 wellbeing café

Milburn frontman Joe Carnall lends his support to young people’s emotional health & wellbeing service Door 43

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Joe Carnall of Milburn fame has pledged his support as an ambassador for Door 43 – Sheffield Futures’ emotional health and wellbeing service for young people.

Surprising the young people at a special Tramlines themed wellbeing café at the bespoke wellbeing zone at Sheffield Futures on Division Street, Joe popped in to add some star quality to the evening. ‘It was so fantastic when Joe turned up, I couldn’t believe it. I’m a massive fan’ said Anna Jones, Wellbeing café attendee and volunteer.

‘It’s likely we all know someone who has had problems with mental health and I think it’s really important to help young people and give them the tools to get them through dark times.’ Says Joe.

‘That’s why I’m supporting Door 43, so more young people can access the service, hang out with mates and have fun in a safe space at the wellbeing cafes but importantly they can access support on their own terms, if and when they need it.’ He continues.

 

 

Door43 offers Sheffield’s 13 – 25 year olds support on a range of social, emotional, practical and health related issues and runs a weekly wellbeing café on Tuesday’s 5-7pm at Star House, Division Street.

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 or at the wellbeing café on Tuesdays 5-7pm. For other times please call 0114 201 2800.

Find out more about the activities and workshops on offer on the Sheffield Futures website www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/i-need-help/door43/

Social prescribing

Door 43 also runs a social prescribing service for young people aged 13-25. Much like going to the GP for a prescription if you’re physically ill, Door 43 will prescribe activities, services and practical support that can help with a range of issues such as loneliness and isolation, difficultly accessing housing, education and employment and low confidence, mood and wellbeing.

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.

You can find out more about becoming an ambassador here 

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 [email protected] 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.

NHS Sheffield investing in children and young people’s mental health: Door 43

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NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have announced they will be investing in children and young people’s mental health support.

This funding has been committed in partnership with Sheffield City Council, as part of Sheffield’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People.

The funding, which was agreed at the CCG’s governing body earlier this year, will come in to place in April 2019. Some of the funding will be used to sustain and expand Door 43, which is based at Star House in Sheffield city centre and provided by Sheffield Futures and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Door 43 provides a holistic range of support for young people aged 13-25 including support for mild emotional wellbeing issues, education and wider social and personal support. The aim of Door 43 is to support young people at the earliest possible point, before their needs escalate and they require more specialist support.

Dr Girish Vaidya, Associate Clinical Director at NHS Sheffield CCG and Clinical Director at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Community Wellbeing and Mental Health Division, said: “We will be increasing investment into Door 43 by 45% in recognition of the positive impact the service has had, and the positive feedback we have received from young people.

“This investment will help enable Door 43 to expand to support a greater number of young people. This expansion also supports one of the key aims of our Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy, which is to increase early intervention support for children and young people’s mental health in Sheffield.”

The money provided by NHS Sheffield CCG will also go towards sustaining a number of transformation projects, including work to engage young people in commissioning and services provided by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Dan White, Head of Targeted Services and Health at Sheffield Futures said: “We are delighted for the funding that has been committed by NHS Sheffield CCG to sustain and expand Door 43, our emotional wellbeing service for young people. 

It is fantastic that the Clinical Commissioning Group have recognised the value of our Door 43 service, providing a holistic range of support at the earliest possible point, preventing existing conditions worsening to crisis levels, whilst improving coping mechanisms and increasing resilience.

Door 43 has worked with over 200 young people in the last 12 months helping young people manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing enabling them to stay in work or education and head towards achieving their full potential. 

This funding will allow Sheffield Futures to grow the service, delivering support for 13-25 year olds in the community, for those who are unable to, and do not wish to, access services in the city centre. This is vital for Door 43, to reach young people where they feel most comfortable, and we are delighted that we will be able to offer this service shortly.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “What a fantastic investment into children’s mental health, I can’t express the importance of helping our children and young people to get the support they need. There’s a great number of services in Sheffield, including the ‘Future in Mind’ work in schools, our online counselling service launching in April and the great work at Door 43 and I’m thrilled that this large amount of money will be put into these services, making them easier to access and helping young people get support at the very earliest opportunity.”

This recurrent investment reflects NHS Sheffield CCG’s commitment to investing in children and young people’s mental health, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan. They continue to work with partners to further improve support for, and investment in, children and young people’s mental health across the city.

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

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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

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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.”

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