Christmas Wishes Granted

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As you may know, this year our festive fundraisers have been: Santa Stroll, star campaign, and our text to donate fundraiser (simply text SHEF43 £5 to 70070.) All proceeds have gone towards the Sheffield Futures Christmas Wish List! Any further donations are just as important to the young people we support and will be used to supply further services.

We’ve raised over our £489 target and have already seen some of the christmas wishes coming to life. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our fundraising this winter. It makes a huge difference!


Where have funds been distributed?



You can see some of the christmas wishes coming to life here!

  • Selection Boxes
  • Youth Cabinet
  • Santa Stroll
  • Sheffield Futures Stars
  • Staff Time
  • Santa Stroll
  • Santa Stroll
  • Refreshments for Door 43
  • Art Supplies

Our star campaign success

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Our star campaign is in its third year and has been the most successful yet thanks to the 20 local organisations that have supported us this year. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the companies that have supported us to deliver positive futures for young people including:

  • SIV
  • Wosskow Brown Foundation
  • Street Food Chef
  • Banner Plant Ltd
  • Wilson Field
  • The DL Company
  • Student Teaching
  • Steam Yard Coffee Co.
  • Keep Your Fork
  • Opus Independents
  • Studio Polpo
  • Hallam Land Management Ltd
  • PET X-i
  • Hallam Land Management Ltd
  • S3 ID Ltd
  • GB Boxing
  • Henry Boot Developments Ltd
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Henry Boot PLC
  • Irwin Mitchell

The money we’ve raised as a result of these kind donations will go towards the Christmas List items for young people in need across all of our services. You can find out more about The Christmas List here

Sheffield Futures partners with GB Boxing

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Today Sheffield Futures celebrates the beginning of an exciting partnership with GB Boxing.

GB Boxing, based at the English Institute of Sport, prepares and trains the boxers that compete for Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

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. There will also be a fundraising element to the partnership.

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

Commenting on the partnership, Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures comments, ‘In our experience, boxing has been shown to be an instrumental sport for increasing confidence and self-esteem in young people as well as developing, health, social and communication skills, so this partnership is a natural fit for us.’

‘We’re so excited to have been chosen by GB Boxing as a charity partner and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to help even more young people through a sport which we know from experience, will resonate strongly with Sheffield’s young people.’

Matt Holt, Chief Executive, GB Boxing said: ‘GB Boxing has been based in Sheffield for 10 years now and we felt it was important for us to do something to support the city in the same way that it has supported us, so decided to established a partnership with a local charity.

‘We spoke to a range of organisations and the thing that impressed us most about Sheffield Futures was that the work it does is so aligned with the boxing and the social benefits the sport delivers.  Sheffield Futures is all about inspiring people, personal development through sport and giving every young person an opportunity to succeed, no matter how difficult their lives have been.  This reflects the experiences of many of our squad and is in-tune with the ethos of boxing and everyone at GB Boxing is very much looking forward to working with Sheffield Futures on a range of activities to spread the benefits of the sport to young people and communities across the city.’

Young people from Sheffield Futures and Empire Boxing were given the opportunity to launch the partnership with a visit to the GB Boxing training facility at EIS Sheffield. Many of the young people Sheffield Futures work with have not seen live sports before, let alone take a tour around the training facilities, met the athletes themselves and ask questions about how to take their own careers forward. We hope this will be the first visit of many!

James’ story

James, 17, from Sheffield was going down the wrong track, getting involved in anti-social behaviour and putting himself and others at risk until boxing helped set him on the right path towards a positive future.

‘Me and my mates were spending a lot of time hanging around on the streets and in local parks after school, getting up to no good as we were bored.’ he says. ‘We’d do stupid things like cause a mess and too much noise and we ended up drinking and smoking for something to do more than anything.’ he continues. ‘We’d often end up getting into fights between ourselves and with others, which I now see as really stupid, irresponsible and weak.’

James and his friends spent some time talking to a Community Youth Team worker at Sheffield Futures who introduced them to their local youth club. It was whilst at youth club that James was introduced to a boxing scheme that was being run to help young people learn the importance of discipline and self-control as well as get fit and healthy.

‘I was really excited about the thought of boxing.’ James decided to go along to the next group boxing activity to see how things were run and watch others get involved. ‘I was really encouraged by what I saw – I was expecting lots of really tough, seven foot men but what I saw wasn’t like this at all. There were women and men getting involved of all abilities, shapes and sizes. My mentor talked to us about boxing being about more than strength – that it was about exercising self-control and managing anger and aggression.’ ‘It made me think.’ he says.

James and a couple of his friends did have a go, in fact they’ve never looked back. ‘It’s opened a whole new world up to me he says. Somewhere to go and learn skills, it’s been great for me in terms of learning to respect my body, eating properly and not drinking.’

‘When you feel fit from exercise you don’t want to pollute your body with rubbish food and booze.’ In fact, the exercise made me feel so good, I didn’t need to drink or take drugs to alter my state of mind.’ Looking back I can see this.

‘But more than anything it’s helped me feel valued and confident and has given me the ability to control my aggression when I feel angry rather than lashing out and getting into trouble.’

‘I’d recommend getting involved in boxing to anyone who wants to feel better about themselves and gain self-control and confidence. It’s really changed my life.’

Brave cyclists ride for 24 hours to help local disadvantaged young people!

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Last week, Sheffield Futures supporters completed Mountain Mayhem, a 24-hour mountain bike challenge to raise funds, which will allow disadvantaged young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In the blistering heat, the team, made of Sheffield Futures staff and volunteers cycled from 12-12, with homemade helmet torches, around the picturesque Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, perhaps better known as Princess Anne’s house! Mountain Mayhem is the largest and most prestigious 24-hour mountain bike event in the world.

Shortly before the event, two of our five riders injured themselves in training and were unable to take part. At the time, rider Matt Cockrean said “with only three of us, it’s turned out even harder than we thought it would be, so all of your donations are very much appreciated.” The team were extraordinarily lucky that Sally Lee was able to join the team shortly before midnight on Saturday 17th July to help them out.

Alan Pashley, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Sheffield Manager said: “For every young person who starts their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award journey, there is another who doesn’t get that opportunity. At Sheffield Futures, we have been working hard over the last year supporting staff in their development in delivering the award, ensuring high standards of provision and greater involvement for all young people. Ensuring the availability of specialist resources in order that all young people can take an active part in our activities and we are delighted to report that this hard work is paying off.

The number of young people taking part and completing their award in increasing and many of Sheffield’s secondary schools, colleges and special schools deliver a DofE programme.

We are pleased to say that the number of disadvantaged young people undertaking the award is increasing including those currently not in education, employment and training, those in care, in receipt of pupil premium and those with special educational needs or disabilities. But we would like to help more disadvantaged young people to benefit from this opportunity, which is why we took part in Mountain Mayhem.”

Alan continued: “Young people have never needed a boost in their life and employment prospects more than they do today. It’s become a modern day cliché to say that we need to develop young people with employability skills for jobs that don’t yet exist. Citizenship, resilience, leadership and teamwork remain at the core of the skills required to have the best opportunities in life and we will continue to reflect this need.”

24 hours of peddling through mountainous terrain is a huge feat, so please give generously so that the young people of Sheffield can accomplish something fantastic and fulfil their potential! The team have currently raised £650 and you can help by donating here:

You can have a look at how the team got on by looking at the video they made, here:


Lord Mayor Denise Fox hosts her first charity dinner!

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Sheffield Futures are proud to announce that they are the chosen charity for the first Lord Mayor’s Dinner. The dinner will take place on Thursday 30th March and the last few tickets are on sale now.

Hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Breakfast Show Host, Paulette Edwards, the dinner will take place at The Silver Plate Restaurant at Sheffield College. The five-course meal will be cooked and served by students at the college and President of Sheffield’s Magic Circle, Andy Taylor, will provide entertainment.

Lord Mayor Denise Fox said: “I hope that Sheffield Futures can continue getting funding to do the things that they are good at like prevention and engagement and being out there with the young people. Visiting a couple of the Sheffield Futures youth clubs opened my eyes because there were over 100 people there. The fact that so many young people had somewhere to go meant a lot to me because it means they’re not out on the streets being exposed to risks. I do think children are our future and we need to get it right.”

The Lord Mayor’s Dinner is kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell in support of Sheffield Futures. All funds raised will go towards their work helping young people to achieve their full potential.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing: For more information about the dinner, please see our Fundraising page.

How to Run a Half Marathon

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Have you ever wanted to take on a huge physical challenge but thought it was practically impossible? Have you ever wanted to conquer the hills of Sheffield but not known how to approach them? Have you got a half marathon on your bucket list but no idea how to even start training? If this sounds like you, then we’re here to help with some training tips for beginners wanting to run the Yorkshire Half Marathon this April!

For the second time, Sheffield Futures staff, volunteers and supporters will be undertaking the lengthy, hilly Yorkshire Half Marathon and we’re not all in peak physical condition (naming no names!) so, perhaps just like you, we’ll be following these tips!

If you’d like to join our running team and help raise funds for our charity, then get in touch at We can even pay your joining fee, provide you with your very own Sheffield Futures running kit and help you with your fundraising!

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Training Tips On How to Run a Half Marathon for Beginners

Fantastically, if your long runs are just 5 kilometres long, you’re already on your way to training for a half marathon! While a half marathon may be 13.1 miles, more or less 3 times further than the 5 kilometres you can currently do, it’s definitely doable with training, confidence, persistence and pacing!

The Yorkshire Half Marathon is now ten weeks away, so take it one week at a time and you’ll be fine!

  1. Work out what your base is:

If you can already run 5k or even 10k, you’re in a great place to start! You’ll want to run at least 3 times a week, which thankfully won’t take over your life! Aim for 15 – 20 miles a week, but on your longer runs don’t aim to go as fast as you do on your shorter ones. Week day runs could be 30 minutes each, whereas your weekend run could be your longer one, aiming for at least 5 miles. It’s important to remember that you can take walking breaks too, depending on what your base level is.

  1. Pick a plan:

A quick google will provide you with many different training plans, ranging from 10 weeks to 16 weeks, from beginner to expert level. Pick the right one for you, established on your base level. If your plan suggests running every day but you know, deep down, you won’t do that, then it’s not right for you. Find a plan that matches your fitness. If the first run asks for 10 miles but your longest is 8, keep looking!

  1. Get a good playlist!

The right playlist is key! High tempo, up-beat songs will really help you and you can even get songs that match your exact running speed. If you’re putting together a list of songs, imagine yourself running as you listen. You’ll soon see if the pace of the song is faster, slower or just right for your own running pace. Once you’ve found the right one you can even search for more songs with the same beats per minute and create the entire playlist just for you!

  1. Quality over quantity

Your training plan will ask you to do both shorter and longer runs, so when you’re on a long one, make sure to focus on the quality of it. This will be similar to the actual race, so you need to make sure you’re fit, prepared and taking it in your stride. Target the long run! If you have to take walking breaks that’s absolutely fine, but try to maintain a steady pace and increase your long run by 1.5 miles each week until you can do 13 miles. A week or two before the race, you’ll want to make sure you can actually run the distance of the half marathon and not struggle.

  1. Research the route

We can’t lie. The Yorkshire Half Marathon is a hilly one! Think of the pride you’ll feel though once you’ve conquered the hill! If possible, try and train on the route. This will allow you to know exactly every turn, hill and curve of the route and you’ll feel more confident on race day. Scope out where the water stations will be along the race and the toilets too. If you’ve bought new shoes, make sure to train in them long in advance of race day. Sore feet is the last thing you want! You can find the route here. 

  1. Take it easy

Remember this tip. You don’t want to burn out too soon during your training. Rest days are just as important as running days! When training, you’ll burn more calories too so make sure to up your carb intake to keep you supplied with energy. When running, make sure to slow down or walk if you need to. You’re training for a half marathon so you’re definitely allowed to take it easy from time to time!

  1. Find your balance

A couple of weeks into your training, you’ll soon discover your own balance. This means when you’re running, you’ll know if and when you need to take walking breaks between paces, and you’ll also see when the best days to take breaks are too. If Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are best for you, stick to that. If a 45 minute run, followed by another 45 minute run and then a 20 minute run is your style, keep it up, adding a mile or so onto each run! This is your run, so do it the way you can want to!


Now it’s time to turn those tips into action! Good luck with your training. Enjoy it and you’ll feel a great sense of achievement when you’re done. A half marathon is something to be proud of, so get in touch and join our running team to help raise funds for the vulnerable young people of Sheffield!

Email to register your interest!

Twelve Days of Sheffield Futures!

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Sheffield Futures, showed they could rock around the Christmas tree by releasing a video of staff performing the Twelve Days of Christmas, with a charity twist!

The Marketing and Communications team and re-worked the song to celebrate successful activities raising funds to give Sheffield’s young people the future they deserve. Throughout the year Sheffield Futures run activities and campaigns aimed at giving young people education and employment opportunities, whilst also helping young people at risk in Sheffield. The local charity has done lots of vital youth service work over the last 12 months, so to finish of the year on a light-hearted note, they put on their Christmas hats and sweaters and showed that although they play a positive part Sheffield’s future, they may not have a future in music.

Whilst the harmonies may be few and far between, the Christmas spirit comes in bucket loads. You can see the full version of the video on the Sheffield Futures YouTube channel: and the video is also being released in 12 segments on social media until Christmas Eve. The song’s lyrics detail many of the ways that Sheffield Futures help young people to succeed, “Sheffield Futures gave to me life guidance for a better me!”

Santa Stroll for Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield Futures staff and supporters turned out in full force for a festive Santa Stroll on 4th December. Walkers in Santa hats strolled up Limb Valley to Ringinglow Road. The picturesque five-mile walk was wrapped up with hot mince pies and mulled wine.

The money raised from the walk will be used to fund young people’s participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award allows young people aged between 14-24 to learn new skills, volunteer in their communities and get fit by taking part in regular physical activity. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the award, which has helped them to push their personal boundaries, whilst enhancing their CVs and university applications.

Sheffield Futures regularly host fundraising events to give Sheffield’s young people the future they deserve. For more information about events, or to register your interest in fundraising, please see: or contact Community Fundraisier, Elliot Walker:

Nathan Peterson’s inspirational story (so far…)

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Nathan Peterson is a young ambassador for Sheffield Futures with an inspirational story. As a looked after child, Nathan didn’t have the easiest upbringing, and he has made it his mission to ensure that vulnerable people get the best they can out of life. He isn’t one to preach his sob story, though; in his usual humble manner, he summarised it as “Growing up in care, I just wanted to make a difference”.

Nathan was first introduced to Sheffield Futures as part of the permanence and throughcare service, where he became involved with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In partnership with the trust, he ran a charity event at Old Sharrow Junior School, organising ample entertainment with DJ’s, bouncy castles and stalls. Attracting guests like the Lord Mayor, this event was a resounding success; it’s no surprise that he was invited to become an ambassador for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as well as Sheffield Futures.

Nathan’s second event was organised to raise money for the Darnall Dementia Group, a charity close to his heart as they support his Nan. Nathan’s group brought together local football teams with members of the South Yorkshire Fire Service and South Yorkshire Police Officers for a fundraising five-a-side tournament. This well attended event had no entry fee, but managed to raise plenty of money for a good cause. There was something for everyone – football, cake stalls, bric-a-brac and ample catering.


Nathan’s involvement with this event inspired him down a new career path. Now employed as a care worker, Nathan found the 5-day intensive training process “Challenging” but rewarding: he said “Doing this course has made my life turn in a different direction. As well as supporting young people, I have decided to help older people as well.”

His latest project involves the Cathedral Archer Project, an appeal to give a homeless person a warm and loving Christmas. He is asking for donations of sleeping bags, rucksacks, blankets, underwear and socks, tinned or packeted food, hats, scarfs and gloves, which will be given directly to the people who need it most.

As Nathan was telling us his story, he got a phone call – while he politely offered to decline it, we told him we’d wait. It’s a good thing he took the call – it turned out to be a care centre offering him an interview.

Having contributed to the community as much in his 18 years as many do in a lifetime, we’re confident he’ll find a way to follow his passion of helping people. Alongside his aspirations to become a support worker, Nathan is looking into starting a charity alongside the group who helped run the events – so watch this space!

Nathan’s advice for all people, young or old, is “If an opportunity presents itself, don’t let it slide. Take them as they come.”

If you would like to become a Sheffield Futures Ambassador please contact us via


Giving Tuesday

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It’s the third ever Giving Tuesday today, which has become a global day of giving that’s grown into a movement uniting and inspiring people around the world. Giving Tuesday was originally conceived as a way to do some good after the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday; days spent getting as much as possible, combating this with a great chance to Give!

And that’s very much the idea! You can give any way you’d like, pay forward, motivate, affect, and excite others to make a difference along with you.

On giving Tuesday, you can give money, a bit of your time or your skills, offer your support or give food. It can be anything you can think of and you can do this online or even down the street. Give something to a cause you’re passionate about. Give… and then tell others to inspire them to do the same!

Here at Sheffield Futures, many of us have spent our time and skills giving and we’ve found that even little actions have made big impacts! This Giving Tuesday, we’d like to share those stories with you and encourage you to give a little something too…


Sheffield Futures manager of the Duke of Edinburgh award likes to give often and felt inspired to share:

I try and do something to raise funds every year. In recent times this has focused on supporting young people, for who cost is a barrier, to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. This gives me a feeling of ‘making a difference’ as I know I’m giving young people a chance to learn skills that will benefit them for life – teaching them to catch fish rather than giving them some fish! I recently took up the DofE Diamond Challenge and pitting my skills against Europe’s deepest river gorge, the Verdon, by Kayak: whirlpools, caves, log jams and siphons at the bottom of a two thousand foot limestone gorge made for a memorable challenge over two long days! My aim was to raise much needed funds to support disadvantaged young people participating in the award.


A member of our Child Sexual Exploitation Service wants to share her personal story of giving:

While I worked at Sheffield Crown Court as an Usher, one of the female barristers was going to run the London marathon for Bluebell wood hospice. She asked if I would collect sponsors for her as I was the youngest and cheekiest member of staff! The barristers, judges and all staff were very generous (they had to be – we knew how much they earned!) and thousands of pounds were raised. It was quite a big task, and it took up a big part of my time, but I felt that I was contributing to a very good cause it was great to be a part of it!


One of our Youth Mentors recently undertook a big, scary giving challenge and this is her story:

During my time as a Voluntary & Community Sector Connexions PA, I supported many vulnerable young people who had run away because they no longer felt safe in their own homes or were forced to leave due to complex issues including neglect, self-harming, conflict and violence at home, and many more serious issues. When I found out about “Safe At Last”, a charity that supports these young people, I immediately wanted to support this wonderful cause! To raise money and do an activity I had never done before (a real personal challenge!) I thought it would be a great idea to abseil down Baiting’s Dam which was 60ft down. I then went to abseil down the Humber Bridge which was 510ft and considerably trickier as it was a straight down! I raised £500 with both abseils, which I know would have contributed to much needed services! This project was especially important to me for personal and professional reasons and I feel very proud that I helped (in a very small way) the organisation grow and enable the Project to provide even more services to vulnerable young people.


Another of our Youth Mentors has fundraised for over 10 years and wants to spread his message:

I have fundraised for over 10 years for Christian Aid via the Church I attend. This involved me going from house to house, on the road I live, during Christian Aid week. I post the Christian Aid envelopes on the Sunday at the start of the week, then collect them the weekend after. I usually collect around £100 and it’s a good cause, helping the poorest in the World regardless of their religion!  Motivated by my faith, it’s also a good way to meet the neighbours… But not all of them are happy to see me though. Such is life.


That’s just a small sample of some of the amazing efforts that Sheffield Futures staff have given to the world and we hope you feel inspired!

If you would like to give something this Giving Tuesday, you can do something as simple as texting SHEF43 £5 to 70070 where all proceeds will go to supporting the vulnerable young people of this city.

We can all spare a little sometime to give, so join us this Giving Tuesday! What will you give?

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.