Things to do

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.

What I like about my youth club #YWW17

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It’s Youth Work Week (#YWW17) and 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
  • Play ping pong!
  • 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 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!

We only asked for ten and they couldn’t stop!


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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.

Raps, poems and real life stories

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We are looking for raps, poems and real life stories from young people aged 14-25 for Youth Word Up.

As part of Off the Shelf festival of words, Hive South Yorkshire are running their annual event: Youth Word Up – young people’s poetry, raps and real life stories. This is your chance to get involved. Book a one to one session with a professional writer today! Simply email:

You don’t have to write to take part, you can just tell your story, or record it anonymously. If you do want to be more involved, you could read your work at the Youth Word Up event, headlined by a top spoken word artist on Thursday 26th October.

International Youth Day – 11th August!

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Join us as we celebrate International Youth Day on 11th August at 1pm – 4pm at Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, S5 6AE

Fun for everyone: gym access, cricket, bouncy castle, football tournament, face painting, demonstrations, DJ workshops, sports activities, henna, nail painting and loads more!

The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is peace.

International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

IYD Poster

We would like to thank SIV for their kind support with this event, which would not be possible without them!

Sheffield Futures launches new Things To Do Guide for young people

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Local youth charity Sheffield Futures has launched the latest edition of the Things To Do Guide, a free handbook with over 200 local activities in April to June. Families and young people aged 8-18 can plan their Easter holidays in advance, as well as learn about events all over Sheffield. The guide is packed with handy information, including days, times, venues and details of activities, all in an easy-to-understand format.

Sporty people can find new ways of keeping fit – everything from football to fencing, or skating to snorkelling. Outdoor lovers can find out about Sheffield’s amazing selection of green activities – feeding farm animals or seeing the sights of the city on walking tours. Families will find creative classes in music, dance, art, film and media as well as local theatre listings, art exhibitions and other performances suitable for young people.

The guide features details on the 21 local youth clubs across the city run by the Sheffield Futures Community Youth Teams. Activities at the youth clubs range from arts and crafts, cooking, video games and sports.

Printed copies of the Things To Do Guide are available free of charge at Sheffield Futures one-stop-shop at Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE or any of the youth clubs run by Sheffield Futures.

A Day in the Life of a Youth Worker – Ellie’s Story

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First things first I think it’s fair to say that no two days in the life of a youth worker are the same.

The practical side of a day in the life consists of a bit of paperwork and admin to ensure that records and outcomes are up to date, but the meaningful part and the reason that we all do what we do changes not only day to day or hour by hour, but young person to young person and the tell-tale sign of a good youth worker means that their approach will changes to ensure that each young person’s needs are being met in that instant.

Those needs will vary; and you will find yourself giving emotional support in relation to various issues, to giving practical support in terms of looking at education post 16, or strategies to cope with mental health in an instant. Your support will take the form of 1:1 sessions with more vulnerable young people, to group work sessions around different curriculum topics within a youth club setting as well as becoming an expert pool and table tennis player to ensure that each young person’s experience of being youth worked is a positive one. You will even find yourself walking the streets in the cold and rain, trying to find out why young people would rather be there, than in a safe, dry environment like a youth club.

You will find yourself managing behaviour and diffusing conflict between friendship groups and relationships within a youth centre as well as making sure that equipment and the building are suitable for the young people you are working with at that time, and finally you will find yourself rapidly becoming a Masterchef as a sure fire way of engaging young people is through their belly.

In short a youth worker is truly a Jack of all trades and master of ALL, each day youth workers must be prepared to think on their feet and make split second decisions with the interests of each young person at heart, as it is their privilege to be a part of that young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood and be a positive role model and supporting influence that will be remembered by each young person they have worked with long after they have reached adulthood.

Santa Stroll charity walk!

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Join us for the Santa Stroll

Sunday 4th December – 1.30pm

A short charity walk to help give Sheffield’s young people the future they deserve. The round walk starts at the entrance to the driveway of Whirlowbrook Hall, up Limb Valley and back down Ringinglow Road and Ecclesall Road South. The walk is just over 4.5 miles long, perfect to walk off a Sunday lunch, or to work up an appetite!

All entrants will receive their own Santa hat, we’ll be having a festive sing-along, and after the walk there will be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies!

Register to attend on Eventbrite here! It costs £11.04 per adult and £10 of this will go to Sheffield Futures to help the young people of Sheffield to fulfill their full potential.

Registered charity no. 1044940

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I fundraise for Sheffield Futures?

You won’t need to ask for sponsorship for the Santa Stroll, you will only need to pay the entrance and administration fee. You can register here.

  • How can I register to join the Santa Stroll?

You can register online via Eventbrite, here. If you are unable to register online, please contact our Community Fundraiser, Elliot Walker:

  • How many people can I register?

You can register up to 10 adults at once, if you are part of a larger group, please contact our Community Fundraiser, Elliot Walker:

  • How much is the entrance fee?

Tickets for adults are £10 each with £1.04 administration fee. There are also family tickets available for 2 adults and up to 4 children. These are £25 with a £1.87 administration fee. All of the money raised will go towards helping young people in Sheffield to fulfil their full potential. Register here!

  • What happens once I’ve registered?

You will receive an email with FAQs and terms and conditions. On the day of the walk, we’ll see you at the driveway to Whirlowbrook Hall to give you your Santa hat, map and contact details.

  • What’s the latest date I can register?

You can register up to the day before the walk (Saturday 3rd December).

  • What are the maximum and minimum ages to take part?

Families are very welcome on the Santa Stroll, but an adult must accompany all children. There is no maximum age for our walk, however you must be sure that you are fit and healthy enough to complete the walk.

  • Is it up hill?

Well, we live in Sheffield so I’m afraid there is a hill at the beginning of the walk! However the scenery makes it all worth it and the rest of the Santa Stroll is downhill and flat.

  • How fit do I need to be?

As long as you have a basic level of fitness you should be able to walk the Santa Stroll. There will be fully qualified First Aiders on the walk to help with any unforeseen difficulties.

  • How long will it take me?

We estimate that it will take about 2 hours.

  • How do I get there?

Make sure you plan your route in advance! We would encourage people to arrive by bus. There are buses from Sheffield city centre, you can find out more here: There is a bus stop on Ecclesall Road South adjacent Limb Lane – this is the best one for the Santa Stroll.

There is also plenty of on-street parking available just off Ecclesall Road South.

  • Where do we meet?

We meet at the driveway entrance to Whirlowbrook Hall.

  • Can I drink alcohol on the route?

We urge participants to put safety first and not risk injury through intoxication.

  • What is the route for the Santa Stroll?

The round walk starts at the entrance to the driveway of Whirlowbrook Hall, up Limb Valley and back down Ringinglow Road and Ecclesall Road South. The walk is 4.6miles long.

  • Will there be toilets?

There are public toilets on the driveway to Whirlowbrook Hall. We recommend that these are used before the walk begins.

  • Can I bring my dog?

Of course! Dogs must be kept on leads and under control. We reserve the right to ask any participant to remove their dog from the event if we feel they pose a threat to others taking part in the walk.

  • What should I wear?

As the walk is in December, we recommend wrapping up warm as this is an outdoor event. We also recommend that you wear shoes/boots/welly’s that you don’t mind getting muddy, as the ground might not be dry.

  • Will the walk still be on if it’s raining?

Yes, we recommend that you bring an umbrella as the walk will still be going ahead!

  • I have more questions, who should I contact?

Community Fundraiser, Elliot Walker: or call: 0114 201 2800

Festival of Debate Events at Sheffield Futures

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We put young people at the heart of all of our services. It’s important that we help you to have a voice, and to know how to make the most out of opportunities to speak to decision makers. We’re hosting three events with Festival of Debate this autumn, that will help you to have your say and talk about global issues!


The Global Vote (Tuesday 11th October, 5pm at Star House)

The Global Vote lets anyone anywhere vote in any election. The founder of the Good Country (who measure which country was the happiest) and the Global Vote, Simon Anholt is coming to Sheffield Futures as part of Festival of Debate to talk to young people about elections and votes in other countries and how they affect you, as well as showing them his website.

To register:


Asking Powerful Questions (Tuesday 25th October, 5pm at Star House)

This session is designed to help young people make the most out of every conversation with decision makers. It will help young people to discover who to approach, what to discuss and how to persuade. This workshop is run by the Politics Project through Sheffield Futures and Festival of Debate. As Sheffield Futures is all about young people’s voice, this is vital to our work and we would like to encourage all young people to attend.

To register:


Designing the Future (Tuesday 8th November, 5pm at Star House)

We want to know what young people think about global issues. We’ll be holding a world café discussion about: climate change, gender and race inequality, migration, water and sanitation, healthcare and more. This is a great opportunity for young people to have their say, discuss potential solutions and join the dots between the biggest global issues today. This is a joint event with Festival of Debate and Sheffield Futures.

To register:

Sheffield Futures celebrate International Youth Day

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Young people are celebrated around the world every year on 12 August, which marks International Youth Day. Here at Sheffield Futures, we couldn’t miss the chance to get involved, as putting young people at the forefront of positive change is what we’re all about.

We held our very own International Youth Day in Sheffield’s Amphitheatre, which saw young people and the Sheffield Futures team being bucked off broncos, scoring some impressive goals, an intense game of tug-o-war and much more.

The weather was perfect. The sun was shining and the stunning backdrop of Sheffield’s city centre landscape made for the perfect location. The day was chiefly organised by the Sheffield Futures Community Youth Team (CYT) who work with young people aged 8-19 who need extra support to help them make the most of their lives. Broadcast station Sheffield Live even popped down to the event and spoke to Joanne Holt, our North CYT Manager.

Youth Day 4

We would like to thank everyone that made it down to the event, especially the young people who put our staff to shame when it came to most of the games, the lemon challenge in particular!

What is International Youth Day All About?

Created in 2000 by the United Nations, International Youth Day focuses on celebrating the energy, initiatives and the imagination of young people.

This year’s focus was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.” It centered around putting the emphasis on young people as a source of change and how young people can ensure poverty eradication and achieve sustainable development in the future, through sustainable consumption and production.

If you would like to find out more about International Youth Day, please follow the links.

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.