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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]

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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.

NACRO Halloween

Apprentices: Kick-Start Your Career

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Apprenticeships are on the rise – in 2015/16, 509,400 apprentices started their journey in England, which is 9,500 more than in 2014/15. And, the largest growing industry for apprentices is the services industry, with 71 per cent of new recruits taking up positions in business administration, law, health, public services, retail and the commercial sector. The rise of apprenticeship availability creates a great opportunity for young people who are just starting their working lives and need to figure out what they want to do as a career.

An alternative route into employment

In a world where a large percentage of school leavers are going to college and University, and every job application is contested by graduates, an apprenticeship provides an alternative route into a career for many who feel higher education isn’t necessarily the best route for them.

Many apprenticeships are ideal for school or college leavers, providing them with an entry into the work market which will help them develop skills and knowledge on the job.

Investment in futures

Whilst completing an apprenticeship, the company will teach the tools of the trade needed to excel in a particular area, be it in business, manufacturing or public services.

Alongside tuition, apprentices will learn off the job, for example in the classroom, helping to develop an apprentice’s theoretical knowledge base outside of the work context.

The effort a company puts in to mould an apprentice to their work methods means that they are investing in apprentices for the future which increases the likelihood of the employer wanting to retain apprentices in the longer term.

Readymade career path

Being retained as an employee after an apprenticeship ends creates options for progression and promotion with the company which gives an apprentice an advantage over unemployed applicants who are applying from the outside. Often companies will advertise internally for promotions, especially larger ones, and as a known employee, there is an advantage over those who trawl job sites looking for opportunities.

Apprentices also tend to be loyal to the company that they have been with from the start, creating a vital, experienced member of staff that the company can rely on to grow and thrive – something that is extremely difficult to find when hiring externally.

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Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for GCSE results day

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With GCSE 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 24th August, but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or do even better than expected? 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 schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to consider on results day

  • Stay calm so you can think clearly
  • Get on the phone to the sixth form or college you have applied to. By speaking to your chosen provider you can let them know about your specific situation. They may be able to offer you another course.
  • A change of course? Look at other courses where the entry requirements fit with your grades. There may be staff available in college before term starts in September who can provide you with the information you need. Some of the bigger institutions like Sheffield College may hold a ‘clearing’ event where you can call in and find about courses that are still available. Check their websites for more information.
  • What about an apprenticeship? You would have a paid job and also study alongside this. There are different types of apprenticeship, they normally require GCSEs at D / 3 and above. You may still need some good grades at GCSE but some use their own tests instead. You can find out more by talking to Sheffield Futures.
  • Traineeships and study programmes. These can give you work experience along with help job hunting and work preparation, plus support with English and Maths. They don’t pay a wage but can be a good way of gaining the skills and experience that employers want.
  • Getting help with job hunting. If you decide getting a job is the way forward for you then you can also contact us here at Star House. Our team can help you with CVs, job hunting and interview preparation.

 

Nigel Ball, All Age Guidance Manager at Sheffield Futures comments. ‘If you don’t get the GCSE results you wanted then don’t panic, stay calm so that you can think clearly.’

‘It’s a good time to take stock and think about your options. If you want to do A levels and you can’t get on a relevant course in Sheffield, our careers advisors in school can help you to consider your options. There are lots of options available from paid apprenticeships to traineeships and study programmes or full time paid work.’

‘Our careers advisors are on hand to help all young people in Sheffield continue to achieve their aspirations whether that’s through education or work.’

On results day Sheffield Futures’ advisors will be on hand provide one to one support for students at the following schools. These schools have supported Sheffield Futures to provide careers advice and guidance.

  • All Saints Catholic High
  • Birley Community College
  • Bradfield School
  • Forge Valley
  • Handsworth Grange
  • High Storrs
  • Hinde House
  • King Ecgbert School
  • Newfield School
  • Sheffield Springs Academy
  • Silverdale School
  • Stocksbridge High School
  • Yewlands Academy

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

GCSE results day for Sheffield schools this year is Thursday 24th August 2017.

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.

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