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Jumble Sale – 23rd May!

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We’re hosting another amazing Jumble Sale on Wednesday 23rd May!

Our Jumble Sale takes place between 3pm – 6pm at our fantastic youth club, Earl Marshall, which you can find on

Heathcote Street, Sheffield, S4 7UR!

Make sure to come along where you can find lots of hidden treasures, from clothes, shoes and bags, to homeware, books and DVDs!

All for just £1 or less!

All the money we raise will go towards our continued services, so we can provide the young people of Sheffield with the future they deserve!

 

If you require any further information then please get in touch at Fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Sheffield Futures volunteers join the #BIDSpringClean

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Sheffield Futures staff and seven volunteers joined the Sheffield BID and other BID members to Spring Clean the city centre.

The group tackled the underpass from Moorfoot to Ecclesall Road and found nine full bags of rubbish and some odd items:

  • About five sets of house keys
  • Three separate shoes (not full pairs)
  • T-shirts
  • Trousers
  • A holdall
  • And best of all, some swimming goggles!

Here’s a group shot of all the volunteers involved, including nine from Sheffield Futures (the biggest group!)

 

Smiley faces despite the cold and rain!

 

Litter picking action shots!

 

Our selection of solo shoes (how do you lose a shoe?!)

Student Volunteering Week

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It’s Student Volunteering Week and we want to celebrate our many volunteers who are also students.

Thank you to all of our student volunteers!

We currently have volunteers in all three of our Community Youth Teams working in our youth clubs across the city, and at our Door43 Wellbeing Cafe, held every Tuesday at our city centre venue, Star House.

Volunteering with Sheffield Futures will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people in Sheffield. It’s also a fantastic way to gain experience and build confidence. We are always looking for new volunteers at Sheffield Futures, so if you have some spare time and are looking to meet new people and make a great contribution to your local community please contact: volunteering@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 6609.

Read Shannon and Gabby’s stories below about how it’s possible to balance being a student and also a volunteer at Sheffield Futures…

Shannon’s Story

I first found out about Sheffield Futures through my Universities Careers Officer. He told me about the great volunteering Sheffield Futures offer. Since I started volunteering in the youth clubs with Sheffield Futures, I have been able to be totally flexible around university work, either volunteering one night a week or four I wanted to. The volunteering itself is great, especially if you’re curious about social/youth work careers! 

During the youth clubs you have the chance to mix with such a diverse group of kids, and here you have to opportunity to simply have a chat to them about their week or get involved with activities.

I am loving my team with Sheffield Futures, it has for sure opened my eyes to different career options, but most importantly given me invaluable experience. 

Gabby’s Story

Hello, I’m Gabby. I am currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield and on Tuesday evenings I volunteer for Sheffield Futures Wellbeing Café. I joined the Wellbeing Café’s team in October after finding out about them through my University’s Volunteering Hub. It caught my eye because it didn’t require a big commitment, it looked fun and gave me the opportunity to enjoy tea and cake!

At the Wellbeing Café I help run a wide variety of fun, engaging and interesting activities such as stress ball making, cake decorating, learning first aid, and problem solving. A lot of the sessions focus on self-care, self-love, being positive and reaching for your goals. Even I as a volunteer benefit from these sessions and I often leave feeling very uplifted and motivated.  My most memorable session was when a representative from the Amy Winehouse Project came in and opened up about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. It was very inspiring to listen to how he got through it all and where he is now.

At the Café I help to ensure all young people feel involved and have a relaxed and open atmosphere where everyone feels confident enough to contribute and be themselves. I provide a listening ear when necessary, forming trusting relationships with them. Another of my roles is also to help with making drinks and dishing out lovely snacks.  

Volunteering for the Wellbeing Café has not been a huge commitment whilst studying at the same time as it only requires two hours of my week. Sheffield Futures is also very conveniently located on Division Street making it easily accessible for me by walk from uni. The team have been very understanding when I have had exams and was unable to attend sessions. Having volunteered at the Café will benefit me in the future as it will look great on my CV and give me lots of interesting things to talk about in an interview.

I have always found the Wellbeing Cafe very enjoyable, always leaving feeling positive. It has been great meeting new people, especially the Sheffield Futures staff who are extremely friendly and supportive.  I am very proud to be part of an organisation that makes such a difference in young people’s lives with the support they provide them, creating positive futures.

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: enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Tweet: @SheffFutures

Facebook: @sheffieldfutures

Instagram: @sheffieldfutures 

Santa Stroll – a snowy success!

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We wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made it to the Santa Stroll 2017! Despite the snow and ice, we headed out to Norfolk Arms, on Ringinglow Road for a festive stroll through Lady Canning’s Plantation, through the fields, and by the Mayfield Alpacas (narrowly dodging some fast-moving sledges along the way!)

Afterwards, we warmed up in the Norfolk Arms with hot drinks and mince pies.

All money raised from donations to participate in the Santa Stroll went towards our Christmas Wish List which we have now completed! You can see pictures of where your donations have gone on our post here!

We just wanted to say that we appreciate that the location wasn’t the easiest to get to but hope that everyone enjoyed it and that you’ll be able to join us again next year!

Santa Square

What I like about Tinsley youth club #YWW17

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Last week on Bonfire Night, we had a special longer session at Tinsley youth club, providing a safe space for young people and also letting the wider community come in and see how the youth club runs, meet the members and the staff who work there. The local Imam came along and even played some table tennis with the young people! At our Bonfire Night session, we spoke to the attendees and asked them what they liked best about their youth club, their thoughts are above and listed below!Tinsley

Pictured: Youth worker, Shaffaq Mohammed and youth prevention worker, Richard Bell.

On the run up to Bonfire Night, our Community Youth Teams have been speaking to young people about the dangers of fireworks and how to keep themselves and each other safe.

What do you like best about Tinsley youth club?

  • Meet new people
  • Tinsley youth club is amazing
  • Everyone is welcome and workers are friendly
  • Table tennis
  • Takes people off the streets
  • Good atmosphere and sound staff
  • Lots of activities to do
  • Lots of fun activities
  • Opportunities to have fun
  • Good games that you can pla
  • FREE PIZZA
  • Free food
  • I feel safe
  • Nice sweets
  • You can play games
  • Good to socialise
  • PlayStation
  • Welcoming and a safe place
  • Brings the community together
  • Staff are friendly and warming
  • Has a pool table and it is fun!

Tinsley Youth Club 2

Pictured: Imam Shaykh Laffurall with Shaffaq and Richard.

Internet Citizens with YouTube and Google Garage!

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Join us for Internet Citizens with partners YouTube and Google Garage on Friday 17th November. Are you interested?

Internet Citizens is an exclusive and exciting workshop run by YouTube and UK Youth in partnership with Google Garages. It is a specially designed one-day workshop delivered across the UK.

The workshops will help 13-18 year olds who become more confident consumers of information online and feel empowered to use social media to communicate their views and ideas.

The session is on Friday 17th November at 10:30 am till 4:30pm at Google Garage near the City Hall – you must register in advance!

To register

Simply send us an email and we’ll send you the details. Contact: luke.hague@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

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.

National Youth Work Week: Sheffield Futures celebrates its committed youth workers #YWW17

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It’s National Youth Work Week, time to celebrate the great outcomes for young people delivered by our dedicated and passionate staff here at Sheffield Futures.

Over the past ten years, youth services have undergone massive change. Swinging cuts have reduced the local authority youth offer. Yet whilst youth services are taking a battering, the need for good youth work has not gone away. And despite huge uncertainty our dedicated, committed youth workers continue to deliver creative provision that has positive outcomes for young people.

Recent events have also focused politicians and policy makers on young people’s vulnerability to grooming and radicalisation, and the role of youth work in supporting vulnerable young people and reporting safeguarding concerns at an early stage is once again being discussed.

So, youth services are as vital as ever to young people. At their most basic they provide a place for young people to go and something for them to do. But with the involvement of skilled youth workers they can be much more; contributing to young people’s social and emotional development, helping them feel more confident, understand themselves and other people, and become resilient, responsible citizens.

At Sheffield Futures our approach involves a focus on personal and social development. We encourage young people and communities to develop essential skills that will enable them to navigate their way through life. We nurture increased aspirations whilst improving resilience to ensure participants avoid risky behaviours and stay safe.

Commenting on why youth work is so important and what inspired her to do the role, Lucy Metcalfe, Community Youth Team Youth Worker says, ‘Young people are the future generation. I believe it’s important to invest in their future and help them to grow. I want to help to empower them to be the best they can be. Young people have a lot of issues to contend with and are all unique.’

For me, being young was the hardest time of my life. I got through and was able to progress in my life due to having a lot of support from youth workers. Due to this, I realised how essential this was to my growth and development. This allowed me to move forward positively in life. I wanted to do the same for young people and be somebody they could talk to and try and help them through issues they may be facing as I had a difficult time and was somebody they maybe could relate to. I believe all young people should have the same chance in life and aspire to be somebody who can help them overcome issues that are holding them back and making their journey a little rough.’ She continues.

We asked young people at our youth club at Com.Unity what they like most about their youth club. This is what they said:

  • Youth Workers ALWAYS support us when there is something wrong
  • I like that people make an effort to come to the youth club every week!
  • Offers activities for in the school holidays
  • Opportunities
  • Lots of positive energy
  • Gets you out of the house
  • Group activities on the field: rounders, cricket, football, frisbee, boules
  • Gives you something to do
  • There is always someone to talk to
  • Learning new skills: pool, boxing, PS4, ping pong
  • Careers advice – CV support
  • Free snacks at tuck shop

Lee Raven, Youth Worker at Sheffield Futures says ‘Firstly, I feel truly blessed to be a youth worker. It is a job full of challenges from young people. The skill of youth work is being able to work with any young person, at their pace, starting where they’re at, at that time. The art of youth work is enabling young people to achieve, enjoy and make a difference. The beauty of youth work is seeing the development of a young person, which can happen right in front of your eyes but also years later when you see a young adult who has progressed in their life.’

Councillor Mark Jones will be visiting Earl Marshall Youth Club, Owler Lane on Thursday 9th and Councillor Dawn Dale will be visiting is Shiregreen Youth Club, Westnall Rd on Friday 10th November.

 

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.

How you can help

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