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Free Money for Life masterclasses by young people for young people

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A series of money masterclasses to equip young people with the skills to become more cash confident and in charge of their financial destiny will be delivered by Sheffield Futures during the first half of this year.

It’s understood that 60 per cent of young people aren’t taught money management skills within education and 42 percent of young people can’t interpret the difference between being in credit and overdrawn on a bank statement. The Money for Life project, a national initiative aimed at young people between 16 and 25 and the result of a collaboration between UK Youth and The Mix, comes in response to these worrying statistics that point towards the need for financial education and support for our young people to enable them to live successful lives in control of their financial destinies.

Using fun and interactive activities and led by trained young people, the Money Masterclasses consist of four one to two hour modules and will cover the following topics:

  • You and Your Money: Young people are introduced to financial basics from reading a bank statement to understanding how tax works.
  • Surviving ‘til Pay Day: All about budgeting and making money go that little bit further. Young people are taught how to create a budget that outlines ways to save.
  • Independence Day: How to survive away from home, from paying bills to furnishing property and getting the best value for money.
  • Your Money Talks: Understanding credit scores, what they are and what we can do to improve them. We ask young people to think about the importance of every day spending decisions and the implications these have for the future.

Commenting on the project Sarah Stevens, Young Peoples Participation Development Manager at Sheffield Futures says, ‘With ever more complicated financial products on the market and the sometimes dire implications for people when they don’t understand them, financial literacy is becoming increasingly important. It really is essential that we are responsible and provide our young people with the information and tools to become financially literate and able to navigate their way through the financial aspects of life.’

‘We’re really pleased to have been chosen to deliver the masterclasses for young people across Sheffield to help fill the knowledge gap and enable young people to become financially responsible and self-sufficient citizens.’ Sarah continues.

The programme is ideal to be delivered to groups of students in higher education or as part of traineeships or apprenticeships. Those responsible for young people in this capacity or young people aged 16-25 and living in the Sheffield area that may benefit from the Money for Life project can register their interest at the following link www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MFLREG

You can find out more about Money for Life on our website at www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Money For Life is funded by Lloyds Banking Group and Sheffield Futures has been chosen as the delivery partner for Sheffield.

Targeted youth support delivers positive destination

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Our Targeted Youth Support (TYS) advisers are celebrating yet another positive outcome for a Sheffield youth not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The young person had been NEET for over one year, after having a negative experience within education and with peers and as a result had become extremely disengaged socially, often not leaving the house and struggling to communicate with family and friends.

The young person had been reluctant to engage with Sheffield Futures previously so Lucy Ruck, one of our TYS workers, worked with him to gradually build up trust and form a positive relationship.

Rather than focusing on the enormity of stepping into full time training and education, Lucy got to know the young person and his interests and used this as a “hook.” He showed an interest in basketball, so Lucy contacted the Manager of Sheffield Sharks and he agreed to come and meet us. The young person needed encouragement and reminders to attend but when he did it was a positive meeting and we looked at all of the options which might motivate him to get out of the house, beginning with an informal basketball session taught at weekends.

This was the prompt that the young person needed to feel that there could be a positive future, so quickly building upon this, Lucy contacted one of the teachers in the community where the young person lived to see if he would do a home visit to talk about a sports based programme. This again was successful. It took plenty of encouragement and for Lucy to support the young person at the meeting – but he agreed to start.

Meanwhile Lucy also contacted Princes Trust. The young person’s parent had been struggling with finances and was concerned this would be a barrier to them starting the programme, but Lucy helped them to apply for a development award which would go towards buying kit. This took some time but is successfully now being processed and will provide a great incentive for the young person.

Lucy also supported Mum with applying for a bus pass and sorting out her child benefit – again it became quickly obvious that this could be a barrier and so this was actioned as quickly as possible.

When the young person was due to start his course Lucy  ensured she had good contact with the young person and his family to encourage him through the transition.

Lucy went to see the young person and his Mum two weeks into the Princes Trust course and things have gone extremely well. The young person said he was really enjoying the course, has made friends and is feeling the most positive he has felt in a long time.

Lucy asked them to complete a feedback questionnaire and they commented that they were very pleased with the support they had received, that it had helped a lot, that support was appropriate to need and consistent. The young person said the thing he was most pleased about was making friends, also that he had done some exercise for the first time in a while and it had made him feel good.

Mum commented that she had seen a real change in his behaviour especially in the mornings when they no longer had arguments when she asked him to get out of bed 😊.  She also said that the young person appeared more confident about going out and about in the community and that they were getting on a lot better as a family.

We are pleased to say that the Princes Trust gave really positive feedback about the young person and his progress!

My journey as a youth worker #YWW17

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First and foremost let me introduce myself, my name is Nazmin Jahan and I am a youth worker based in Community Youth Teams West.

Let me answer a question I’ve been asked a numerous amount of times in the past: “how did you end up working with young people and why youth work?” 

Well, it all started on that fateful day I decided to walk into Star House by myself, after seeing a vacancy on the Sheffield Futures website for Youth Work Apprentices. At this point in my life I was an 18 year old young person, from a Bengali-Muslim background, who had just finished a long two years at sixth-form. I was not a very confident person to say the least, I was nervous about the littlest things for example, making phone calls, meeting new people and attending appointments.

Something I will always remember vividly is the careers interview I had the day I walked into Star House. I was a nervous wreck! It was my first time attending something I found on my own accord and something no one had spoon fed me. So, I’m waiting in the reception area, looking very lost, when a women approaches me and asks me if I am Nazmin, to which I respond yes. I am then led down the hall way (which felt like a very long walk). I am sat down and asked questions like what my grades are like and why I’m interested in the vacancy, I answer each question with a lot of thought.

After all the questions and my very thought-out answers, I am told to come in next week where I will start my ‘Step into Youth Work’ introduction at YASY. I am delighted, but I’ll admit Googling ‘what does a youth worker do?’ when I got home, and I don’t think I would still be able to answer that question and have a definitive definition nearly 7 years on.

That’s how it all started. I worked hard to overcome my anxieties: catching buses, working out where to go, breaking down barriers with young people so on and so forth (whilst also being a young person myself.)

I would not be where I am without the help of my colleagues. When I started I was astonished about the passion youth workers had, and how much experience others had. I was fully supported in all the areas of work I did. If I wanted to deliver a group work activity I was allowed, if I wanted to support a young person face to face I was given guidance and help. Without that support and encouragement I don’t think I would have made it to where I am today, or even be a part of this service.

Youth workers have amazing tool kits – it may differ from one to another but everyone will bring something different to the table. For me, interpersonal skills and being able to break down barriers is essential. It’s like carrying a tool kit with you wherever you go, but you are that toolkit. You use that when you want to; you use it when there is trouble in the youth club or to diffuse conflict, when you approach a group of young people for the first time on detached youth work.

Youth Work is something that will never age, it’s much needed. Working with young people of all ages, from different backgrounds and experiencing different things. You are that support mechanism and that one thing they may look forward to, even if it is one day a week.

Looking back at myself as an 18 year old, I am appreciative of everyone who encouraged and supported me and yes, youth worked me.

Want to feel more cash confident?

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Are you aged 16-25 and want to feel more cash confident? Are you interested in learning about saving money?

If yes then come along to our FREE Money Master Classes!

Enter your details on the Survey Monkey to register.

Alternatively, contact the Money for Life Team on
0114 201 6655 or 07966245209

With UK Youth and Money for Life.

World Mental Health Day at Door43

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A new emotional wellbeing service for Sheffield’s young people launches today, Tuesday 10th October, on World Mental Health Day 2017.

The youth information, advice and counselling service which will be known as Door43, will offer Sheffield’s 13 – 25 year olds support on a range of social, emotional, practical and health related issues.

Door43 will act as an accessible drop in service which doesn’t rely on referrals and acts as an informal and safe space where Sheffield’s young people can gain confidential support and advice on a range of issues.

‘With Door43 we’re aiming to provide an informal space where young people feel welcome, involved and ultimately feel that they are in an environment with their peers where they are able to discuss and access support on a range of issues if indeed they feel they want to do so.’ Says Gail Gibbons Sheffield Futures CEO.

‘With stress, anxiety and depression on the rise for young people in Sheffield and the UK, having a safe, casual space which acts as a drop in service and that doesn’t carry the stigma a or practical considerations of a professional referral could make all the difference for a worried or distressed young person.’ She continues.

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, Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Tuesday until 7pm and on a Saturday 9.30am – 1pm.

You can find out more about the activities and workshops here.

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.

 

Door43 Information for Professionals Sessions

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Door43 is a new Youth Information, Advice & Counselling Service (YIACS) based at Sheffield Futures. We offer holistic emotional wellbeing support for young people aged 13-25 in Sheffield.

Come and meet the team, see the service, and find out more about what Door43 has to offer!

Join us for an informal information session on how we support young people, and how to make referrals or support young people to access our service. Find out more about the service before you visit.

Book on to one of the following dates via Eventbrite:

Thursday 30th November, 10.30-11.30 at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE

Thursday 15th February 2018, 10.30-11.30 at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE

Thursday 17th May 2018,  10.30-11.30 at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE

Fun Palace – THIS SATURDAY!

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The Door43 are running a Fun Palace this Saturday at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE. Our theme is sex and sexual health!

Saturday 7th October 10.30-12.30

Join us for: cake decorating, arts and crafts, card games and more to informally learn about sex, sexual health & porn, in a fun and young person friendly environment. It is FREE! Come along and take the taboo out of talking about sex!

We will have a health and wellbeing worker available on the day for one-to-one screening, information and advice. Find out more about our event or book your place here

The Fun Palace is a national event, encouraging people to learn but also have fun at the same time.

We advise that anyone attending is over the age of 13.

Our new Wellbeing Cafe!

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Door43 welcomes you to the

WELLBEING CAFE

Every Tuesday, 5pm – 7pm

at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE.

Are you a young person aged between 13 and 25? Come and join us for games, arts and crafts, film nights and much more!

…or if that’s not your thing, simply drop in for a chat over a brew and biscuits.


For more information, email: [email protected] or call: 0114 201 2774

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Young people joined Paul Blomfield MP for a Big Conversation

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Members of Sheffield’s Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament joined young people at Sheffield Futures for a Big Conversation with Paul Blomfield MP. The Big Conversation is an annual community consultation with a variety of audiences.

On 20th September, the Big Conversation came to Sheffield Futures on Division Street for a special event for young people. Youth Councillor for East Sheffield, Fozia Sultana, chaired the event, helping young people to form and ask questions about the issues that matter to them.

The conversation tackled big issues such as ‘making the invisible, visible’. This is one of the issues on the current youth consultation Make Your Mark, aimed at helping invisible illnesses be more recognisable, through better education. Fozia Sultana said: “There should be more opportunities for support when people are suffering with illnesses which are physically invisible.”

The groups spoke about issues facing young carers, many of whom do not realise that they are carers. One young person said: “there should be more support from the Government for young carers, both emotional and physical support. One practical way that young carers could be helped is with free or heavily discounted travel passes, this would be one less thing for young carers to think about.”

 One young person said: “We need a more diverse curriculum. Schools needs to include LGBT+ in sex education lessons, and to have a focus on emotional relationships, not just physical.”

 The conversation also focussed on mental health, with one young person describing their experiences of mental health services. They said: “In the past I gave up trying to access mental health services because there isn’t enough provision for everyone who needs it. There also needs to be a way for young people to access support at earlier stages, rather than when they’re at crisis point.”

Paul Blomfield MP listened to the young people, and said: “I have been given a completely new insight about young people’s mental health which I have never understood before and this has been very useful.”

After calling the event very interesting, Paul concluded: “A common theme in the discussions has been changes to the curriculum to prepare young people for life. Schools are currently measured by success in exam league tables and we could help to instruct schools to include education about life skills young people need for their futures.”

 “Your voice is a very important part of setting my priorities. Thank you all for contributing and your time.”

World Suicide Prevention Day

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This post was written by Kate, Sue and Dave from the charity SToRMS.

SToRMS stands for Strategies To Reduce Male Suicide.

SToRMS is a small organisation based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and set up in July 2015. It is a fund within the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, a registered charity. SToRMS was set up in memory of Dan McAllister who unexpectedly took his own life in May 2015 aged nineteen.


Recent ONS statistics showed that in 2016, 5,668 people died by suicide in Great Britain. This represents a fall from over 6,000 across the last 6 years, however there is still work to be done. Of these deaths, 24% were women and 76% were men.

As many of you will know, SToRMS was set up in July 2015, after we lost Dan McAllister to suicide. Over the two years since that day, we have heard from many other families and loved ones who have lost their son, daughter, or friend in the same way. Although each person has their own unique story, one thing is constant: every single death was preventable.

The societal shifts we need to see are not simple. It is not just a case of increased funding to ensure that access to mental health services is faster, or more effective. We also cannot just focus on suicide prevention training for medical professionals, university lecturers or other staff regularly dealing with “High Risk” groups. Moreover, anti-stigma campaigns will not make a difference without other changes. All of these things cannot happen in isolation. The problem is far bigger than that.

Today, we want to talk about something that our initiatives have not really covered thus far. This is the impact of a death by suicide on family and friends. This aspect of suicide prevention tends to go unacknowledged, but in fact the people immediately affected by suicide are at significant risk of taking their own lives themselves.

When someone you love dies it is devastating. When they die by suicide however, the emotions experienced by those left behind are intense, particularly as the way their loved one died is often traumatic, or sudden. Everyone deals with grief differently. After Dan died, as a family we all hurtled between anger, devastation, guilt and numbness. There were days when we couldn’t do anything but cry if we even tried to speak. So we stayed silent. Dan died away from us whilst at University. Some universities and emergency services provide support to families who have been bereaved by suicide. We cannot speak for others, but the support we received was provided by the incredible people at CRUSE Sheffield. Apart from that, we had each other.

The recent deaths of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington sparked a social media frenzy, which ranged from messages of condolence, to diatribes about how someone could be so selfish. For the record, saying suicide is selfish completely misunderstands the mind-set of someone who is suicidal. It implies that this individual felt that they had other options, other than to take their own life. This is simply not true.

Across the world, 800,000 people die by suicide every year. The pain that the ones left behind feel is enduring. It changes people, it breaks up families, and it leaves you questioning what the point is. Then there is the stigma. From a personal perspective, we decided early on that we would choose to be open and honest about how Dan died wherever possible. We decided that the last twenty minutes of his life did not define him. But people are scared to talk about suicide. This is not malicious, but borne out of uncertainty. Talking about it is painful, yes. But not talking about it doesn’t make it go away. When someone you love dies by suicide, that knowledge is always there, in the back of your mind. In the early days, it is all consuming. It is the first thing you think about when you wake up. You think about it when you are paying for your shopping at the supermarket. Then, when you are trying to sleep, images flood into your mind. Sometimes it can be terrifying. As time goes on, that reality becomes more normal. For us, it hasn’t become less painful, however it does become less of a shock. But we never forget. When you lose a loved one to suicide, one of the most constant emotions you feel is confusion. Part of it is pure disbelief that someone you love could make that “decision”. We have slowly come to realise that what got us here was a chain of events, emotions, or actions that we will probably never truly understand. But that doesn’t stop you asking, “why?”

We set up SToRMS because we wanted to make changes within our community and in wider society which might have changed the outcome for Dan, and therefore might do the same for others. Dan had no diagnosed mental health problems, and although we knew he was stressed and occasionally unhappy, when we tried to encourage him to seek help beyond our family, he reassured us that he was okay. We believe therefore that if Dan had felt able to open up and tell us or anyone about how he was feeling, the outcome might have been different. Moreover, if we had asked the right questions and facilitated conversations, the same could be true. Often, we think that if someone is suicidal it will be obvious. Stereotypical representations of depression or anxiety encourage us to believe that if someone we knew was considering taking their own life, we would be able to recognise it, and intervene. For us, it wasn’t like that. With Dan, every statement of frustration, or self-deprecation was accompanied with a smile, or if we asked him what he meant, he would brush us off. But, with the benefit of hindsight, we are beginning to recognise the subtle signs that we missed.

This is why we place such emphasis on the community element of suicide prevention. We believe that everyone has a role to play. There is fantastic work currently being done by charities such as Papyrus, CALM, and If U Care Share. We are currently working on our contribution, which will centre on workshops which are for everyone. Inspired by the approach of MHFA training courses, our initiative, ‘Wise Talkers’, will aim to equip people with the skills to deal with difficult conversations, to be able to direct people towards further help and support if necessary, but perhaps most importantly, to practice self-care throughout this. We are excited to launch these initiatives in the coming year.

This year, the theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is:

Taking a minute can change a life.”

This core principle underwrites the work that we fund and provide across Sheffield. We believe that everyone has the capacity to offer support to someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Here are some key things to remember:

  1. Ask the question directly: “Are you thinking about taking your own life?”. This will not make someone more likely to take their own life, in fact, it might reconnect them, and give them the opportunity to voice what they are feeling and experiencing.
  2. This is the most important thing you can do. Don’t try and jump in with answers, as this may cause them to shut down. Also, try to avoid saying that you understand. Often this comes from a good place, but the reality is that you can’t truly understand because you are not them. Instead, acknowledge and validate that what they are feeling or experiencing is difficult.
  3. Do not judge them. This is not just about avoiding saying something, but it’s also about your body language, and expression. Try and be as relaxed as possible, and don’t panic if they say something which concerns you. Respond calmly and clearly. You might also feel uncomfortable, but try not to let that show.
  4. Let them know that you are there. Making someone feel less alone is key to reducing the risk that they might take their own life. Also, don’t just say it, act on it. Text them to find out how they are, invite them to do things. Say that you are there to listen, but equally you can just be with them to watch a film, or get a takeaway. The small gestures really do make a massive difference.
  5. Look after yourself. Supporting someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts can be exhausting, and you must make sure that you have support yourself. If you feel that it is becoming overwhelming, try and encourage them to seek other help. But, don’t assume that someone else will do a better job than you. Chances are, if that person has been able to talk to you, you will be able to help them in some way. They may value your opinion and support. Have confidence in your ability. Saying something wrong is far better than saying nothing at all.

In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day, we ask you to act according to these principles. There might be someone in your life that you haven’t spoken to for a while, but keep meaning to contact. You might know someone who is having a hard time. Start those conversations today. You really could save a life.

Also, light a candle to remember Dan, and all those beautiful, brilliant people who we have lost to suicide. We can make a difference together.

Thank you for reading,

Kate, Sue and Dave.

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For anyone who has been affected by this post, and would like to talk about it more, please visit our new wellbeing service, Door43. If you are looking for help, we are here to listen.

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