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Good news from Doing Good Business!

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Charlotte’s Story

After Charlotte had her two boys, as all new parents are she was run off her feet without a minute to spare in the day but at the back of her mind she wanted to stage a return to paid employment.

Like all new parents, the challenge of balancing earning an income and caring for her children meant Charlotte needed a role which would fit around her care responsibilities. ‘I’d always had an interest in beauty treatments and having done work successfully on the nails of friends and family, I decided it might be a good idea to set up my own business doing that.’ She says.

‘I was really nervous about losing the stability of my benefits though but really wanted to earn my own living.’ She continues.

Charlotte was introduced to Paul Davies from the Doing Good Business programme by the Jobcentre who worked with her on producing a viable business plan which was also used to apply for the New Enterprise Allowance which helped bridge the gap whilst she was setting up in business. Doing Good Business also paid for Charlotte to go on a High Definition Brows course to expand her range of services and she completed a Social Media workshop which has helped enormously with the promotion of her business.

Lottie’s Designer Nails is up and running in Chesterfield, redesigning customers’ nails and producing beautiful brows and lashes. ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Doing Good Business. Paul was immensely helpful in preparing me for what I needed to do in order to apply for the New Enterprise Allowance scheme, which I genuinely wouldn’t have been able to do on my own. He is very encouraging, supportive and informative with nothing being too much trouble.’ She says.

You can find Lottie’s Designer Nails at www.lottiesdesignernails.co.uk and on her Facebook page @lottiedesignernails 


Stuart’s Story

Stuart had not worked for over five years due to illness. Hampered by physical limitations which meant that he would struggle to fit in with a 9-to-5 work pattern but very much focussed on a return to work, Stuart felt unsure about where to turn next.

‘I had developed good woodworking skills and wondered whether it would be possible to turn my skills into a small business as this would give me the flexibility I needed.’ Stuart says.

Stuart was referred to Doing Good Business by the Jobcentre. With his coach Paul Davies, he soon drew up a development plan. Paul and Stuart met regularly at Stuart’s home as he had no transport at the time, and worked on producing a business plan and cash flow forecast developing his sales and marketing skills, and understanding the legal issues around running a business.

‘It was so much more straightforward than I had imagined,’ says Stuart. ‘The support from Paul in helping me secure premises as well as understand and set up some of the business processes has been invaluable. I’m now making and selling items of furniture, as well as small gift items. I’ve even taken on some contract work fitting out a shop for a friend of a friend.’

The process of meeting regularly, setting goals and reviewing progress and dealing with specific training needs enabled Stuart to keep focussed on what he wanted to achieve, and helped to build his confidence. ‘I honestly do not know what I would have done If I hadn’t contacted the Doing Good Business programme. A massive thank you for your past and on-going support.’ He says.

You can find Stuart’s business at www.rusticfurnitureuk.co.uk or via his Facebook page, @SJ-Upcycling.


Yvonne’s Story

After a need to relocate to Chesterfield left Yvonne Genas frustrated with an unsuccessful job hunt, she turned to her great passion, Jamaican food. ‘I’ve always loved Jamaican food and am passionate about cooking.’ Says Yvonne. ‘I dreamed about opening a restaurant or take –away but knew this may be too much as a first step.’ She continues.

Yvonne decided to set up a Jamaican food delivery service based from her home and approached Paul Davies of the Doing Good Business programme for help as she knew that there was a lot that she needed to learn about running a business, but wasn’t sure what.

Over the next few months Yvonne produced menus, a cashflow forecast, spoke to the council and had her kitchen inspected and began looking at how to market the business. Paul introduced her to a local community hub where she ran a pop-up restaurant, and Yvonne began running a stall at a local food market. She also attended a social media workshop organised by the programme which helped with her promotion.

The business is now up and running with a growing, loyal customer base. Yvonne takes and cooks the orders and her partner Tony delivers them. She has also run two restaurant events at a local pub, both of which were sold out.

‘When I first decided to start up my business, I had no idea about all it would entail. When I started meeting with Paul I didn’t feel that confident about the things I needed to think about, certain things that needed to be done.’ She says.

‘I don’t know what I would have done without his advice, and continued support.’

You can find Yvonne’s Paradise Kitchen on her Facebook page:
 @Yvonnes-Paradise-Kitchen


Joe’s Story

Joe had always dreamed of being able to develop a new food business that offered fast take away food with healthy options at affordable prices delivered with a smile! So he set up Gothic Bites.

After securing a regular pitch on Shirebrook Market Square, I tapped into my local network to gain invites to other sites and special events including dog shows, charity days, bike rallies and fishing competitions.’ Says Joe. ‘Although I had my van and business underway I realised it was time to get some help on the business side of things.’

That’s when Joe decided to look for help from Doing Good Business programme. The Doing Good Business programme has helped Joe by giving his the knowledge and skills to promote the business as well as a listening and friendly ear to talk through what needs to be done. ‘Getting help from Doing Good Business really helped me with the running of the business and made sure I was doing my books right.’ He says. ‘Knowing I had this side of things in order, made it so much easier for me to get on with getting my business going and delivering excellent customer service.’ He continues.

Having this support and being able to focus on delivering his product to his customers has meant Joe has already gained a 5-star hygiene certificate from Bolsover District Council.

‘I’d recommend Doing Good Business to anyone who has a business idea but isn’t sure about whether it’s viable or isn’t sure about how to take it forward and needs some advice.’ He says.


Lee’s Story

Lee had been made redundant and decided that he wanted to turn his hobby as a drone pilot into a business. Lee already had his equipment, was licensed and insured, and was also approved by the Civil Aviation Authority with the Permission for Commercial Operations (PFCO) permit to fly commercially both indoors and outdoors in the UK.

Lee’s license and insurance was certainly a head start, but he needed assistance to fully set up his business. Lee received help from Doing Good Business to deal with his biggest worry, making sure his taxes were correct. ‘When you’re in work that all gets done for you. You need to get this right, there are no grey areas,’ he says.

Lee says ‘Starting up a business can be a roller coaster of emotions; great when things are flying but worrying when business slows down.’

Doing Good Business were able to provide one-to-one support to Lee to make sure that his business stayed on track. One of Lee’s tips when starting out is to make sure you have a bit of money behind you. Unless you are very lucky a business is slow to start and you have to spend at least a bit of money when you begin for things like business cards.

Lee’s drone business is going from strength to strength and you can see some of the great drone photographs and videos on his website.

Viewing the world from a different angle has lots of uses, including promotional, event and wedding videos and photographs. Drones can also save businesses a lot of money on technical work such as inspecting buildings, roofing and guttering – it’s far cheaper then sending someone up in a cherry picker and you have a permanent record of the inspection you can share. Lee has done a lot of work for estate agents, developers and recently carried out an inspection of a derelict church in Hull!


Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

FREE Business Start Up Day

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Not currently working? Thinking about working for yourself? JOIN US FOR OUR FREE BUSINESS START UP DAY!

You can:

  • Listen to inspirational and entertaining speaker Tony Robinson OBE explain what it is really like running your own business
  • Meet people who’ve been there, done it and are happy to give you tips
  • Talk to professionals about finances, sales, marketing, social media and anything else you need to know
  • Have a free lunch provided by a choice of three successful new catering businesses and also free childcare at the venue

You’ll also be able to find out more about the Doing Good Business programme, giving you help and support when and where you want it.

This is a free event, you just need to register your place on Eventbrite. 


Doing Good Business is a programme for people looking to start their own business across Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales. We provide one-to-one coaching support for adults seeking employment. This support is offered at their own pace, to fit in with their lives. We can help to make business ideas a success and support clients to remove any barriers. We will:

  • Help clients to explore the potential of becoming self employed
  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Support to manage personal circumstances
  • Enable clients to develop their skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet their needs.

Star House Christmas Opening Times

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To everyone who accesses services at Star House, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Our opening times over the Christmas week will be:

Friday 22nd December; 8.30am – 2pm

Saturday 23rd December; CLOSED

Monday 25th December; CLOSED

Tuesday 26th December; CLOSED

Wednesday 27th December; 9am – 5pm

Thursday 28th December; 9am – 5pm

Friday 29th December; 9am – 5pm

Saturday 30th December; CLOSED

Monday 1st January; CLOSED

…then we’re back to our normal opening hours.

 

Call: 0114 201 2800 or Email: [email protected]

Tweet: @SheffFutures

Facebook: @sheffieldfutures

Instagram: @sheffieldfutures 

Future Shapers Celebration Event!

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On Thursday 7th December, we took a group of young people to Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate their achievements made on the Future Shapers programme, as the programme comes to an end.

Future Shapers Celebration Event

Future Shapers is a programme for 14 – 17 year olds that offers support for personal and/or educational development. Young people have their own personal Mentor who tailors support to meet their needs, this could be to gain confidence, attend extra-curricular activities, improve attendance, gain qualifications, socialise with other young people, search for employment and much more.

Over the course of the programme, we have worked with 1319 young people aged 14-17, all over Sheffield. Here are some of our highlights:

  • 451 young people have moved on to college!
  • 542 young people have achieved entry level qualifications so far!
  • 43% of young people on the programme are female and 57% are male
  • 722 have achieved level one qualifications!
  • 92 young people are now in employment!
  • 783 have shown an improvement in behaviour and 915 have shown an improvement in attitude!

Congratulations to all on the programme, and we hope you had a brilliant time at the event.

Gail Gibbons, Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in making the Future Shapers programme in to such a success. We are so proud of the achievements of all of the young people on the programme. Our Mentors have seen young people face their fears and gain the confidence needed to try new things; whether this is the high ropes, making friends or learning something new. We want you to know that when the programme ends, Sheffield Futures is still here to help you fulfil your full potential.”

Did you attend? Photographs from the Photo Booth are now live on Facebook, check them out here!

 

Fight is on to save trailblazing jobs scheme for most vulnerable

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The future of a trailblazing scheme transforming the lives of thousands of vulnerable young people by getting them in to long-term jobs is hanging in the balance.

Despite being recognised as one of the top five projects of its kind across the UK, Talent Match SCR will come to an end in December 2018 unless new funding can be found.

Leaders of the local project, run by youth charity Sheffield Futures, have to act now to find the money to continue supporting young people who may otherwise be left behind.

Talent Match is a Big Lottery-funded nationwide programme supporting NEETs aged 18-25 to find secure futures via employment and enterprise.

Talent Match SCR has placed 622 young adults into employment across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and a further 1,300 are currently being helped by moving into education, training and voluntary work.

“The future of Talent Match is touch and go,” said Gail Gibbons, Chief Executive Officer at Sheffield Futures, the young people’s charity which runs the project.
“Talent Match has changed lives in this region. Young people who believed they could never have a secure and happy future – because they thought they were unemployable – now have steady jobs and dreams they can reach for. We have to find a way to continue so we can help thousands more.”

The 21 Talent Match projects around the country have a strong social impact, with evidence showing each that successful placement saves society thousands each year. Their 18-25-year-old clients have all been jobless for more than 12 months, and many experience learning disabilities, mental health problems, homelessness and single parenthood. Others have spent years in care.
The programme supports them to develop skills and confidence through individually tailored solutions including placing young clients with caring local employers offering jobs that suit their needs. A team of 23 coaches continue to support them in the workplace for 6 months and beyond.

Local Talent Match employers come from the voluntary and private sector. Zenza Limited, a bookkeeping payroll and credit control provider in South Yorkshire has been working with Talent Match since the beginning of the year. Leeann Shentall, Credit Control Manager said: “We believe in giving chances to those that want chances. We like to see people develop in themselves and are happy we are in a position to make that happen. We know that there are young people that have a true desire to work, but need an opportunity, which we are happy to provide.”

Said Jo Booth, Talent Match SCR programme manager: “Many come to us with their confidence at rock-bottom and problems they believe are insurmountable. Some are trying to find a place to sleep that night or the money to eat.

“Our motto is No One Is Left Behind. We help young people to rebuild their lives by going back to the foundations to find out how to make their lives easier, then gently get them ready for the workplace. But our work doesn’t stop when we have found someone a job. We stay with them, giving them the support they need to flourish in their new role. We are not about short-term solutions.”
Sheffield Futures is appealing to local authorities, employers, funders, stakeholders and social investors to back their fight for survival by offering funding and support.

A host of organisations will be urged to attend the No One Left Behind conference at the New York Stadium in November. (You can register your attendance at this link.)

Talent Match’s young success stories will take to the stage to tell their stories and regional employers will also speak about the positive impact on their workforces.

For information on how to support local young people and Talent Match, contact [email protected]

Tuesday 31st October

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Don’t get spooked about your future…

Looking for training? Apprenticeships? Study programmes?

Find out more about where your future could take you. There will be a range of training providers happy to discuss opportunities available for you!

Drop in any time between 11am - 2pm on Tuesday 31st October

at NACRO, 70 Earl Street, Sheffield, S1 4PY

This event is suitable for people aged 16-19.

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Young People’s Options Day – 25th August!

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GCSE grades not what you expected? Not sure what to do next?

Come to Star House, 43 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GE on Friday 25th August 11-3 to find out more about:

  • Apprenticeships
  • College
  • Traineeships
  • Study Programmes

Options Day - GCSE

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for A-Level results day

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Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for A-Level results day

With A Level results day just around the corner, Sheffield’s students are coming to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating on Thursday 17th August, but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – responsible for delivering careers advice in many schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to do if you don’t get the grades you need

  1. Don’t panic. It’s important to stay calm so that you can act quickly. You are one of many young people who may not have the results they need to secure a place and if you’re panicking you won’t be able to think clearly and act quickly to access the best courses left.
  2. Start by checking your ‘Track’ status on www.ucas.com as this should tell you if you’ve been offered a place. If your ‘Track’ status hasn’t been updated, it probably means the university is still making a decision. Call the higher education institution straight away and ask if they will still accept you. There may be a chance you will still be accepted if you have narrowly missed your grades. If your chosen institution won’t accept you then you will go into the UCAS clearing process. However if ‘Track’ states that you’re in ‘Clearing’ then it means that you haven’t been offered a place but can start applying for other courses.
  3. Check the UCAS website/The Daily Telegraph for all University places still available through clearing. These are published on ucas.com and many universities also publish their places on their own websites. You don’t have to stick to your original choice of course. It’s useful to have a plan B in your back pocket. Make sure you’ve done your research before results day and know where you would like to go if you don’t get your first choice so you can act quickly. If you like the look of a course then call them.  The idea is to persuade them to make you an informal offer over the phone.
  4. Again don’t panic and make sure you look at the clearing places and courses carefully. Consider what it might be like to live in that place. How far is it from home and is the course right or you? Try and visit if at all possible, especially if you haven’t already been to the university. Many of them hold clearing events in the days immediately following your results. It is useful to attend these as they will give you a real feel for the place and the course.
  5. If you’re happy with the course and university and if they’ve made you an informal offer then make an official application through UCAS.
  6. Confirm your place through UCAS and with the institution

‘If you don’t get the grades you need to get in to University, the key thing is not to panic and be proactive. It’s important so you can act quickly and make good decisions says Nigel Ball, All Age Guidance Manager at Sheffield Futures.

‘There’s a good chance that all may not be lost as some institutions may still accept students, if for example grades have only been missed by a grade. The important thing is to stay calm and to be proactive.’ He continues.

‘A really important thing to do is to prepare in advance and decide on second and third choices so that you can act quickly if you find yourself in the University clearing process. If you’ve got these names of institutions to hand then you’re not going to be wasting valuable time researching when how quickly you act may be the difference between securing a place you will thrive in versus one you may not.’

Sheffield Futures provides the careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield.

Outside of school careers advice sessions, students can call Star House on 0114 2012800.

A level results day for Sheffield schools this year is Thursday 17th August 2017.

Doing Good Business news!

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Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

 

 

Doing Good Business

Doing Good Business is a new programme for people looking for work across Sheffield City Region. We provide one-to-one coaching support for adults seeking employment. This support is offered at their own pace, to fit in with their lives. We will:

  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Help clients to explore the potential of becoming self employed
  • Support to manage personal circumstances
  • Enable clients to develop their skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet their needs.

Know someone who would benefit? Get in touch today!

Kevin Osborne (Barnsley, Sheffield): 07940 274 422 or email: [email protected]

Paul Davies (Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales): 07973 522 772 or email: [email protected]

Nigel Hudson (Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales): 07989 251 333 or email: [email protected]


6f35735c-b4ee-48c8-9049-cbe6f2b6cfc2Doing Good Business helps clients who are furthest from the job market with all of the barriers they face whilst finding employment. We help with training, organising Birth Certificates, writing CVs, providing support, sorting work clothing and finding permanent employment.

Peter had been out of work on and off for a number of years. He wanted to embark on a career in construction but needed help with Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) training. Doing Good Business helped by organising the CSCS training he needed, updating his CV, purchasing a much-needed Birth Certificate and helping him to secure a full time job.

We also provided Peter with vital new work clothing. We organised in-work support and helped Peter to get permanent accommodation!


460434a5-ad07-49ee-9288-2a5f0e8aa3daWe are very pleased to tell you Paul’s story. Paul has Asperger’s Syndrome and has always wanted to set an example and help others with similar conditions. He is also keen to support his local community.

After being out of work for 18 months he decided that he would like to start his own business producing a community newspaper, reporting on the work of local community groups and people, and promoting local businesses.

He approached Paul Davies, an Enterprise Coach for the Doing Good Business programme to get help in providing structure to his plans and to help develop the skills that he would need to grow his business.

Paul is now close to producing his first edition which will be delivered to 15,000 homes and businesses in Chesterfield.

“I just have a couple more advertisers to sign up and we’ll be ready to go” says Paul. “The help I have had from the Doing Good Business programme has been great. Paul has helped me to plan the business finances, write scripts for sales meetings and to develop my presentation skills. He has also taught me some techniques to manage the stress that I sometime experience. We’ve met regularly to plan each next step and that has really helped me to get things going.”

Paul says that his confidence has grown as a result of the support from the programme, and is looking forward to seeing his newspaper help local people.


Events

Doing Good Business runs events to help adults find employment. If you know anyone who is interested and would like to find out more, please contact the Community Engagement Coaches on the email addresses above!

Introduction to Enterprise – find out more about running your own business.
Formula4Success – find out more about what free support and training is available for adults seeking employment. (This event is a collaborating with Groundwork South Yorkshire, Phoenix, Wiseability and Doncaster West Development Trust).
Introduction to Doing Good Business – this event will be open for potential clients to find out about the support on offer and meet the team!


e8491048-7692-4c82-baac-2cd5c03d95f0 (1)We accompanied Zoe to the Sheffield College Open Day one evening and gave her coaching on the type of questions to ask and that she would be asked. She was nervous as she felt she was too old to go back into education. We are very proud to tell you that Zoe has signed up to a full-time course in Media Make-Up which is due to start in September. (Please see the lovely selfie with Community Engagement Coach, Kevin Osborne, below!)

In addition to this Zoe has attended our Introduction to Enterprise event as she is keen to set up her own business once she has passed her college qualification.


742df725-1700-4ce5-a8da-990a30f75280Pete’s Story

Pete was given support to update his CV and search for jobs online. We also supported Pete to do a mass CV-drop on a local trading estate. After we finished the CV-drop, Pete received a call from one of the companies inviting him to an interview! We are currently awaiting the outcome of his interview – expect an update soon!

Pete said: “Just want to say a big thank you, I didn’t expect a phone call for an interview so quickly!”

 


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With a little help from Doing Good Business, James has just started work at Webhelp, after six years of unemployment.

Doing Good Business arranged to accompany him to The Suit Works for free interview suit and gave advice and guidance on interview techniques, a travel plan and fare to interview.

James’ coach, Kevin Osborne did a ‘better off’ calculation, to show him that he would be much better off in work, and helped James to make a claim to Working Tax Credits.

Community Engagement Coach, Kevin Osborne said: “James lacked confidence and wanted to work on his interview skills, I think he just needed someone to believe in him. We are so pleased that he has been successful at gaining employment and we hope his story inspires more people to contact us and see how we can help them!”


Did you know?

Clowne Enterprise is in the process of putting together additional learning opportunities for participants on the Doing Good Business Programme:

  • An online learning platform will provide downloadable modules covering all aspects of starting your own business, from selecting a business idea through to selling and marketing, and managing the business finances. It will also include video tutorials on setting up your own website and making the most of social media.
  • A personal development programme is being developed, in conjunction with Worksop-based social enterprise Lasting Differences.
  • A one-day workshop helping participants to improve their use of social media as a way of promoting their planned businesses will be announced soon.

If you want to be notified when any of these opportunities are available leave your details with Paul Davies at Clowne Enterprise: [email protected] or call: 07973 522772

Ambassador Inspires the Next Generation of Young Women

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, 8th March, Sheffield Futures has announced their latest Youth Ambassador, Kavita Donkersly, founder of the formidable blog – She Wears Fashion.

Hailing from Sheffield, 24-year-old blogger Kavita is proud to be a Youth Ambassador as she is a strong advocate for inspiring young people to follow their passion like she did.

Kavita said: “I started my blog because I’d just moved schools and I basically had no friends. I was really lonely and I wasn’t particularly fashionable but I felt like there was a community online that understood me and I found creativity that I never realised I had. I’d always been very academic at school and you’re pushed to be very academic, especially because you want to get good grades. Doing my blog meant that I had an outlet and I could be creative.”

Kavita’s blog, She Wears Fashion has gone on to become one of the top fashion blogs in the UK. As a Youth Ambassador Kavita hopes to pass on her skills and experience to the young people that Sheffield Futures support across the Sheffield region and she will be hosting social media workshops at Sheffield Futures youth clubs this year. National Careers Week is also currently taking place and Kavita thinks that young people need to be given the chance to change their minds and discover what they want to do.

Kavita says:When I was younger I wanted to be a lawyer because my dad was a lawyer. I also wanted to be a singer or an actress when I was younger until I realised I couldn’t sing…and I couldn’t act. My blog started as a hobby. For three years I did it because I loved it and it was a way to be creative. When you start something, you should never just expect it to take off overnight. I worked part time in a retail job I hated, so I could save money until I could blog full time. When I first got paid for blogging, I realised I could turn this into a career because my blog was becoming popular. I was really passionate about it and I never gave up. Even if it was just me and my mum reading the blog it was still important to me because I believed in it. It humbles me so much to know that it turned into a job that I love and I wake up everyday and I love it.”

Before she turned twenty, Kavita had never left the country. In the last four years as her blog has taken off, she has had the chance to visit 42 countries. She has been invited to attend fashion week events all over the world. She has met Rihanna and Katy Perry and has collaborated with brands such as H&M, Lacoste and Miss Selfridge. With so much success it may be surprising to find out that even Kavita sometimes still doubts herself.

“Everyone doubts themselves whether you’re in a job like mine or whether you’re in a normal nine to five. You always question whether you’re going down the right path. I never thought I would do something in fashion. Sometimes other people’s opinions of me when they find out I do fashion makes me doubt myself. At the end of the day, as much as I love my job, if it ended up not being a job anymore because people didn’t care anymore, I know I could throw myself into something else. I think a lot of people look at my job and think it’s the best job in the world. I get to travel the world, I get free clothes but one of the worst things about my job is the online hate. There’s always someone who doesn’t like you whether you’re the best person in the world or the worst person in the world. You could be the nicest, most beautiful person and people will still call you horrible things, so you might as well just be yourself.

Building her own brand for the last eight years from scratch has meant that she has had to remain focused. There are many people who inspire here to keep motivated. Kavita explains: “I have to get up everyday and produce content. Weekends aren’t a thing. My job is all the time. There are other women in the industry that really inspire me but the people who inspire me the most are people who have businesses and that have started from nothing. I try not to get to the point where I look up to someone so much that I end up not feeling good enough. I think blogging is hard and a very female orientated industry. I think the media does a lot to make women feel like they should compete with each other and that they’re not good enough, so I try to avoid doing that to myself.“

Kavita wants to encourage young people who are not sure what they want to do after school to visit Sheffield Futures at their Division Street one-stop-shop for support and guidance from their qualified staff. Sheffield Futures also run Careers Clinics in schools across the Sheffield region support young people into employment, further education and training opportunities. As a Sheffield Futures Youth Ambassador Kavita hopes to inspire young people to explore their career options and to try not to feel pressured and stressed about their futures.

“For people who don’t know what they want to do after school, I’d say don’t just do a degree because you feel like you have to. I think if you really don’t want to go to university because you don’t know what you want to do, get a job, graft a little bit. Take some time to figure out what you want to do. No one knows what they want to do at 18, I didn’t”, said Kavita.

Visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/careers-advice/ or contact 0114 201 2800 to see how Sheffield Futures can help you. Please email [email protected] if you would like to become a Sheffield Futures Ambassador.

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.